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Why do I feel hungry all the time?

Understanding the intervals of time in which your hunger knocks back is necessary

Why do I feel hungry all the time?

Our body is dependent on food for maintaining energy levels and thus, the arrival of appetite is natural. If you have not consumed anything for more than 3-4 hours, then feeling hungry is normal. However, if you feel hungry quite frequently, it might be something to concern about. Understanding the intervals of time in which your hunger knocks back is necessary.


Dr. Vaishali Verma, consultant dietitian, diabetes educator from Manipal Hospital explains extreme hunger can be the cause of so many reasons, some of them are mentioned below:

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1.    Lack of sleep: If you are not taking proper hours of sleep, your body can suffer from imbalance of hormones which controls hunger. This can further lead you to feel empty stomach all the time and it's difficult to be satisfied, in such cases an individual will crave for more calorie dense food, packed and junk food. Lack of sleep not only leads to extreme hunger but it will also cause you to feel moody, clumsy and difficult in staying alert.


2.    Imbalance diet: It is very necessary to keep a track of what we are consuming, as it can only help us to boost our energy levels. Your plate should consist of a proper proportion of carbohydrate, protein and fibre. Carbohydrate helps in providing energy, protein helps in formation of hair, bones, muscles and fibre, known as roughage, smooths our digestion. If any of these nutrients are not consumed properly, you might feel hungry frequently.


3.    Dehydration: Improper amount of water intake can also cause you feel hungry and thirsty as well, sometimes differentiating between them becomes difficult. Some other signs of lack of water intake can be dizziness, peeing less or dark colour pee and tiredness.


4.    Stress:  Stress can occur in daily life because of several reasons, but if it is combined with hunger, it might be because of the hormone 'cortisol' which is released when an individual is tense or anxious. Cortisol increases the urge to eat a food full of fats and sugar which help to stop the feeling of anxiousness in some people. If you are angry most of the time, feel fatigue or have an upset stomach, it may be directing you towards stress.


5.    Hormonal imbalance: There are two main hormones in our body- 'leptin' and 'ghrelin'. Leptin is a hormone made by fat cells, which reduces appetite. Ghrelin is a hormone that increases appetite, and also plays a vital role in body weight. If the hormones are not balanced one can feel hungry in short intervals of time or all the time.

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Dr. Verma also mentioned, "If the causes of feeling hungry all the time are not diagnosed and treated on time it can further develop into diabetes, obesity, PCOS/PCOD, chronic fatigue, insulin resistance."
She added, "people should seek a doctor if the condition is worsening day by day."

They should keep a check on the following written things-


1.    Proper intake of water everyday.


2.    Consumption of a balanced diet, protein, carbohydrate and fibre should be in the correct proportion. If an individual is having poha, upma or bambino in the morning they can combine their meal with eggs, sautéed paneer or sprouts. Their evening and afternoon meal should be consumed with salad to fulfil the need of fibre.


3.    Take proper rest and understand the need of sleep by your body.

4.    Practice mindfulness, meditation and learn to manage stress.

Samaksh Rajput
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