1. Choosing the wrong breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal time and the easiest to ‘spoil’. Consuming the wrong foods in the morning while eating breakfast can have an effect on your diet throughout the day. A recent study conducted in 2013 showed that protein is the most important thing to eat at breakfast. Those who consume a lot of protein in the morning for breakfast tend not to snack too much or eat fatty foods all day, this is because protein keeps you full longer. Conversely, those who consume less protein at breakfast tend to get hungry so easily that they end up consuming any food all day long.
2. Consuming Too Much Soft Drink
Consuming excess soda, especially soda that contains zero calories (zero calorie) can increase your appetite. The cause is the signal that the compounds in the soda send to the brain. When you drink soda, your brain will receive a signal that calories are coming in. However, because what is consumed is non-calorie soda, thus the brain will look for another ‘outlet’ by looking for food to consume. This is what makes your appetite increase. But even so, the researchers said that this research still needs further analysis.
3. Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep can increase the performance of the hormone ghrelin, which can cause hunger to strike when you wake up in the morning. Worse yet, when hunger due to lack of sleep strikes, you tend to be tempted and eat foods that are dense in carbohydrates because your body needs energy. This is what will further trigger the risk of gaining weight. That is why, getting enough sleep is highly recommended to be one of the conditions for losing weight.
4. Approaching Menstruation
For this one thing, women would agree, even when approaching menstruation, the appetite can suddenly increase. This happens because during the pre-menstrual phase, the hormone progesterone increases. Increased levels of this hormone not only lead to an increase in emotions and feelings of dissatisfaction with the body, but an increase in the level of appetite as well.
Boredom also turns out to be a trigger for increased appetite which makes you hungry and want to eat. When someone feels bored, the performance of dopamine, a chemical that triggers feelings of happiness and motivation, will decrease. For that, the brain will look for ways to trigger dopamine to return to function by looking for food. With that, when you feel bored and start to feel hungry, it’s best to endure that hunger. Because actually it is a request from the brain, not a request from the stomach. Try to divert your activities by doing activities such as reading books, watching television or other things that can get rid of these feelings.
When someone is stressed or depressed, their heart rate tends to increase as well as muscle performance. It is as if they have spent so much energy running a marathon, when in fact they are not. For this reason, the body will look for food to replenish the energy we spend in processing the stress we feel. In another sense, stress can increase appetite and make someone want to eat something sweet and fatty.
Here are a few things that can easily invoke your hunger. If at any time you feel hungry quickly and experience some of the symptoms above, it could be that hunger comes from the brain’s orders and not from the stomach.