Foods That Make Us More Hungry
If you are trying to lose weight, you will probably do some research. You’ll find that you need to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, eliminate sedentary behaviors and increase discipline. Read: Weight Control What Successful Losers Do. You might also find that certain foods need to be avoided not only because they contribute to weight gain but because they are foods that trigger hunger.
How it Works
Losing weight is not easy. We sometimes gravitate toward specific foods, and these could actually be foods that trigger hunger.
…people who ate two or more servings of white bread per day were 40 percent more likely to become overweight or obese…
Foods that cause spikes in blood sugar stimulate appetite. These foods contain a lot of sugar, as well as carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar. All this sugar quickly enters the bloodstream and causes a release of the insulin that regulates blood glucose levels. Blood sugar usually returns to normal after a spike. But sometimes it falls to levels that are lower than they are supposed to be. And when this happens, we get hungry. Read: Soda Suicide in America
Some Foods That Trigger Hunger
Anyone who is serious about dieting should avoid white bread because it causes insulin spikes. A recent Spanish study monitored the weights and eating habits of over 9,000 participants. The researchers found that people who ate two or more servings of white bread per day were 40 percent more likely to become overweight or obese over a five-year period than those who ate less than two servings of white bread per day.
While juice is a popular beverage, it does not contain the fiber from the skin of the fruit and is full of sugar. This causes blood sugar levels to skyrocket and then drop quickly, stimulating hunger.
Alcohol can disturb leptin levels, the hormone that keeps us feeling full. Only three servings of alcohol can deplete leptin levels by 30 percent. Alcohol also depletes glycogen and causes a craving for carbohydrates.
Be cautious of monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG is a flavor enhancer in Chinese food, but is also found in canned vegetables, soups, and processed meat. One study showed that MSG triggers a 40 percent increase in appetite. Those people who consume the most MSG are three times as likely to be overweight than those who do not consume it at all.
In good health,