Do you sometimes feel like you’re a bottomless pit, constantly scrounging in the kitchen for food?
You’re not alone. Here are the top 10 reasons we just can’t stop snacking and a few easy remedies to help us say “no”!
1. You’re not hungry, you’re thirsty
We regularly confuse thirst with hunger, so it may be you aren’t getting enough water. Make sure you drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day! If you feel the urge to binge, try having a big drink and then wait 10-20 minutes. If you’re still hungry, have a healthy snack.
2. Are you getting enough sleep?
If you aren’t getting your 7-8 hours of sleep a night this could be making you hungry!! Not getting enough sleep can lead to decreased production of Leptin, a key hormone in controlling appetite.
3. Has food become a habit?
Stop eating in front of the TV, and no more crumbs in the keyboard! When you regularly eat doing a specific task you become more likely to eat when doing that again! Make sure you sit down at the table with the TV off at a regular time to eat your meals.
4. Is alcohol causing you to eat more?
Alcohol lowers inhibitions so it’s a given that when you’ve been drinking common sense won’t kick in and stop you consuming that slice of (or whole) pepperoni pizza.
5. Are you skipping meals?
Obviously skipping a meal makes you hungry and allows your body to produce more Ghrelin, a hunger-stimulating hormone. This means you are more likely to gorge yourself later in the day. We’ve all been there. Skip lunch and once you get home you just can’t stop eating. Once you finally stop, you realise that you’ve eaten too much. Stop skipping meals, especially breakfast!
6. Is stress making you eat more?
When things go well we celebrate with food. When things go wrong, we console ourselves with food. Rather than eating your emotions, go for a walk, or crank up the music and dance around the house pushing the vacuum cleaner. If you’ve had a really bad day, go to a boxing class. Whatever you do, don’t just start eating!
7. You’re training harder
It’s simple, you’re training hard so your body wants more fuel. But that word itself is the answer. Your body is craving ‘fuel’ which means nutrients. Not sugar and junk food. Load up on green veggies.
8. Boredom and/or procrastination
Write yourself a list of tasks that you need to do and stick it on the fridge. That way instead of opening the fridge for food, you can remind yourself of something else to do instead.
9. You’re eating the wrong thing
You eat nutrient empty foods. When you consume nutrient rich food that contains more fibre, protein and water, you feel fuller for longer. As compared to sugary and carbohydrate filled foods like crisps and biscuits!
10. Are you eating because it’s convenient
You keep your food in arms reach at all times! Get rid of the desk drawer chocolate bars or treat cupboard, that way you won’t consume these empty calories. Same goes for food that isn’t hidden away in a cupboard or drawer Ever sat down at a table on which there was a plate full of nuts? You’re not hungry. As you chat to your friend, you start picking at the nuts. By the end of the conversation, the entire plate is gone, and you hardly noticed yourself eating them. Solution: move the food away! The chance of you getting up to get food is a lot less than you reaching for it when it’s within arm’s reach.
The reason you can’t stop eating junk food, or any food for that matter, could be related to one or more of the above. A few simple lifestyle changes could be all you need.