Do you ever feel hungry after eating?
Have you ever found yourself wondering: why do I feel hungry after eating a big meal?
Well, you’re not alone.
In fact, it is estimated that about 1 in 4 people experience this phenomenon.
This post will outline 10 reasons that you might still feel hungry after eating a big meal.
So have a quick read-through and find out what might be causing your hunger pangs.
Table of contents
- 1. Eating Too Quickly
- 2. You’re not eating enough protein
- 3. You’ve been skipping breakfast
- 4. You’re eating too many high-sugar foods
- 5. You are dehydrated
- 6. Your blood sugar levels are low
- 7. Getting less than 8 hours of sleep per night
- 8. Getting stressed out
- 9. You’re taking certain medications
- 10. You have a medical condition
- It’s a wrap!
1. Eating Too Quickly
One reason you can still be hungry after eating is because of how fast you eat.
Did you know that it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to realize that the stomach is full?
That’s why when you eat too quickly, your body has not had enough time to send signals telling us that you are satisfied.
If you find yourself still hungry after eating, try slowing down and taking your time with the meal.
In addition to being a good practice for our bodies, this also helps you enjoy the food you’re eating more.
2. You’re not eating enough protein
There’s no doubt that protein is important for our health.
But did you know that it can also help to keep you full and satisfied?
This is because protein takes longer to digest than other macronutrients, so it helps to stabilize blood sugar and control appetite.
In short, it keeps you feeling full for longer, which can help to prevent unnecessary snacking.
So if you are feeling hungry after eating, try adding more protein foods to your diet.
3. You’ve been skipping breakfast
Another reason you can still be hungry after eating is because of skipping breakfast.
Here’s the thing:
Generally speaking, eating a healthy breakfast will leave you feeling fuller so that you won’t feel hungry as often during the day.
So if skipping breakfast has left you feeling hungry all day long, then it might be time to grab a healthy bite.
You should also keep in mind that a healthy breakfast will give you more energy and mental clarity.
So even if it means taking time out of your morning routine to eat, it will be worth it.
That said, I recommend that you eat a breakfast that is high in protein.
Some great breakfast options that are high in protein include eggs, peanut butter on toast, or Greek yogurt with fruit.
4. You’re eating too many high-sugar foods
One of the things I notice in my practice is that the people who tend to be hungriest, even after eating a healthy meal or snack, are also often consuming high-sugar foods.
The more sugar you eat, the hungrier you become.
This is because your insulin levels rise when you eat excess sugar.
Insulin helps store fat, so when you eat too much sugar, it’s more likely that the food will be converted to body fat.
When this happens, you can feel hungrier throughout the day.
So if you find yourself feeling hungry after eating, try cutting back on your sugar intake and see if this helps.
The recommended daily limit is about 30g of added sugar a day for women, and men can have up to 40g.
If you are eating more than this, cutting back can help to re-balance your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings.
5. You are dehydrated
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the importance of staying hydrated.
It’s vital to our health, but did you know it also helps with satiety?
If you’re dehydrated, your body can mistake it as a sign of hunger.
To avoid this, try drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, says Health experts.
Your body will thank you, and your hunger cravings should decrease!
6. Your blood sugar levels are low
Another reason you might be feeling hungry after eating is that your blood sugar levels are low.
When this happens, it can trigger cravings which can lead to overeating.
To avoid this, you need to eat foods that are low on the glycemic index (GI).
This could help control your hunger levels, especially if you are following a low-carb diet.
But what foods are low GI foods?
Some good examples include:
- Green vegetables
- Beans and legumes
- Wholegrain bread and cereals
- Some fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean meats
7. Getting less than 8 hours of sleep per night
Talking of sleep… sleep deprivation is another major reason why you’re hungry after eating.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your ghrelin levels increase, and your leptin levels decrease.
In other words, you produce more hunger hormones and fewer satiety hormones.
This is one of the main reasons why people who get less than six hours per night tend to weigh more.
Because when they don’t get enough sleep, their body loses its ability to regulate appetite correctly.
As a result, they end up eating more during the day.
The bottom line is this:
If you want to feel satisfied after a meal, it’s crucial that you get at least eight hours of quality sleep every night.
8. Getting stressed out
Stress is yet another reason why you might be feeling hungry after eating a meal.
Studies show that when people are stressed out, they end up eating more food.
This is because stress stimulates your appetite, which makes you eat more than you should.
When experiencing stress, you might feel like having a snack or even an entire meal.
My advice for you is to try and keep your stress levels in check.
If you’re feeling stressed out, find ways of calming yourself down.
9. You’re taking certain medications
There are some medications that can make you feel hungry after eating.
Also, some medications used for diabetes and high blood pressure can increase your appetite.
If you experience increased hunger after taking these types of drugs, talk to your doctor about it.
They might be able to prescribe an alternative medication that doesn’t cause increased hunger as a side-effect.
10. You have a medical condition
Lastly, there are some medical conditions that can cause increased hunger.
This includes hypoglycemia, kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and depression.
Additionally, excessive hunger can also be a symptom of Cushing’s disease and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
If you believe this could be the reason why you’re experiencing increased hunger, make an appointment with your doctor.
They will be able to test for some of these conditions and advise on the best course of action.
It’s a wrap!
There you have it, ten reasons why you’re feeling hungry after eating.
Hopefully, this information is helpful to you.