Why We Eat Even When We’re Not Hungry

Sometimes we eat when we’re not hungry and it has to do with certain habits that we have (that we’re probably unaware of) that they trick our brains into thinking we need to eat more. No good! Check out these following sneaky culprits.

1. You’re Not Hydrated Enough

Your body can often confuse dehydration with hunger, so make sure that you’re drinking eight glasses of water daily. Start with a big glass in the morning, after you’ve been sleeping through the night because this is a time when your body is very dehydrated. Also try to drink fluids after you’ve gone to the bathroom or have been sweating.

2. You’re Eating In Front Of The Tube

Eating in front of the television is almost ensuring that you’ll overeat. This is because focusing on the TV can take our minds off of assessing when we’re full. A great rule of thumb is to press pause on your favorite show when it’s time to eat and when you’ve finished your meal, press play! Your body will thank you.

3. You’re Eating Too Much Sugar

As someone who has a major sweet tooth, I know how difficult it is not to shove all of the sugar in sight in my mouth, but it’s doable. According to a 2011 study, eating a ton of sugar can mess with the hormone balance in your gut! So eating it in excess can slow down the production of leptin (a hormone known to suppress appetite) and can allow ghrelin (a hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry) to make you think you need to eat more. Yikes!

4. You’re Stressed

Worrying about an upcoming event can cause the hormone ghrelin to rise, which raises your hunger levels, according to recent research. When you’re in the middle of a stressful event, this effect is be even more intense!


Remember to consult your physician before taking any health advice.

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