We all have those days where we wander into the kitchen because we think we are hungry. We will open the fridge and stare at the food inside, debating on what we are about to chow down on. Before you make the mistake of grabbing something (especially something unhealthy) take a look at this list of things that are making you think you are hungry when you really are not.
1. Television: While you are curled up on the couch watching the latest episode of your favorite show you probably tend to snack. Try to avoid foods while you are watching a show because you will miss cues that your body is giving you to stop eating. You will end up eating far more than you should.
2. Dehydration: When you are thirsty you may end up thinking that you are hungry. If you are feeling hunger pangs try sipping a glass of ice cold water at first and see if that calms your stomach.
3. Stress: Stress and anxiety are the some of the biggest problems when it comes to snacking. The stress and worry that you are feeling will produce a hormone called ghrelin which raises your hunger levels.
4. Food photos: As you are sitting and scrolling through Instagram you see #foodp0rn everywhere. People are taking photos of their unbelievably delicious looking food that they are eating and it makes you want to eat too.
5. Bottoms Up: When you are drinking you are lowering the levels of leptin in your body which will cause you to get a case of the munchies even if you aren’t really all that hungry to begin with.
6. Sleep: If you are not getting enough sleep you are messing with the hormones in your body. A study from 2013 showed that the less sleep you get, the more food you will crave.
7. Sugar Sugar: If you eat too much sugar during the day you will always feel hungry. Sugar will lower leptin levels which is your appetite suppressant and will raise your ghrelin levels which causes you to be hungry again.