Why Am I Hungry All the Time?

by Anna D

This is a very valid question especially when you start a new fitness routine because your body is not used to burning all those extra calories. So, at first, our body’s main response to that calorie deficit is to eat. You may have noticed this when you first started regularly attending your bootcamp sessions but why do some people still feel hunger pains after they’ve established a regular fitness routine?

The Short Answer is SLEEP

With out stressful lives, most of the time, the first thing that suffers is the quality and/or length of our sleep. We all know that our body needs sleep in order to recuperate but it also does a lot more than that. Previous studies have shown that when you stay awake all night, your body burns about 7 percent more calories. So it makes sense that sleep-deprived people compensate by eating a little bit more.

But, there’s another reason you’re likely to crave salty, sweet, or savory snacks instead of a wholesome meal when you’re tired: Sleep deprivation makes the brain more sensitive to the rewarding properties of food. This means that when your eyelids droop, tempting foods like sugary pastries/donuts and salty chips seem much more delicious, so you’re more likely to want them in larger quantities.

So, the quickest and easiest way to take care of those cravings and hunger pains is to get enough shut eye! If you have a restless mind (like I do sometimes), try these tips to put you to a deeper, more relaxing sleep:

  • Get the Pzizz App on your Ipod – I absolutely love this app. The first time I used it, I immediately got some zzzzs and I felt more awake and well-rested the next day.
  • Try a little Melatonin or Chamomile Tea – Melatonin is a hormone that regulates our sleep cycle. Our body naturally produces it so its perfectly safe (if you’re pregnant, check with your doctor first). Try a small dose at first and work your way up to the recommended dose on the bottle if needed. Chamomile tea is another one of those natural herbs that works wonders. Besides the fact that it relaxes you, the act drinking warm tea before bed time also gives you that calm feeling.
  • Stop reading or watching TV 1 hour before bed – For some people, reading might be the key to getting some shut eye but if your brain is like mine, it just makes it “think” more. So, if I stop reading or watching TV 1 hour before bed time then take my dog for a longer walk, I relax faster and I can quiet my mind quicker.
  • To more Zzzzs,

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