7 Reasons You're Still Hungry

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7 Reasons You're Still Hungry

Do you sometimes feel ravenous, even though you just polished off a tasty lunch, a full dinner, or a midnight snack? Some food ingredients can trick our bodies into not recognizing when we’re full, causing “rebound hunger” that can add inches to our waistlines. But these simple tweaks from the authors of The New American Diet can help quiet your cravings.

Craving culprit: You drink too much soda.
Sodas, iced teas, and other sweetened beverages are our biggest source of high-fructose corn syrup—accounting for about two-thirds of our annual intake. New research from the University of California at San Francisco indicates that fructose can trick our brains into craving more food, even when we’re full. It works by impeding the body’s ability to use leptin, the “satiation hormone” that tells us when we’ve had enough to eat.

Craving culprit: Your dinner came out of a can
Many canned foods are high in the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, which the Food and Drug Administration recently stated was a chemical “of some concern.” Exposure to BPA can cause abnormal surges in leptin that, according to Harvard University researchers, leads to food cravings and obesity.

Craving culprit: Your breakfast wasn’t big enough
After following 6,764 healthy people for almost four years, researchers found that those who ate just 300 calories for breakfast gained almost twice as much weight as those who ate 500 calories or more for breakfast. The reason: Eating a big breakfast makes for smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, meaning fewer sudden food cravings.

Craving culprit: You skipped the salad
Most Americans don’t eat enough leafy greens, which are rich in the essential B-vitamin folate and help protect against depression, fatigue, and weight gain. In one study, dieters with the highest levels of folate in their bodies lost 8.5 times as much weight as those with the lowest levels. Leafy greens are also high in vitamin K, another insulin-regulating nutrient that helps quash cravings. Best sources: Romaine lettuce, spinach, collard greens, radicchio.

Craving culprit: You don’t stop for tea time
According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, people who drank one cup of black tea after eating high-carb foods decreased their blood-sugar levels by 10 percent for 2.5 hours after the meal, which means they stayed full longer and had fewer food cravings. Researchers credit the polyphenolic compounds in black tea for suppressing rebound hunger.

Craving culprit: You’re not staying fluid
Dehydration often mimics the feeling of hunger. If you’ve just eaten and still feel hungry, drink a glass of water before eating more, and see if your desires don’t diminish.

Craving culprit: You’re bored
Researchers at Flinders University in Australia found that visual distractions can help curb cravings. To test yourself, envision a huge, sizzling steak. If you’re truly hungry, the steak will seem appealing. But if that doesn’t seem tempting, chances are you’re in need of a distraction, not another meal.

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[quote=gary]7 Reasons You're Still Hungry

Craving culprit: You drink too much soda.
Sodas, iced teas, and other sweetened beverages are our biggest source of high-fructose corn syrup—accounting for about two-thirds of our annual intake. New research from the University of California at San Francisco indicates that fructose can trick our brains into craving more food, even when we’re full. It works by impeding the body’s ability to use leptin, the “satiation hormone” that tells us when we’ve had enough to eat.[/quote]

Have you noticed that since I believe real sugar was replaced with HFC the size of drinks have increased. It went from 12oz to 16 to 20 to 24 and now 1 liter. I actually see people drinking these 1 liter things. Also at fast food and other little shops. It also increased. You get a 48oz or larger drink with some meals. Same at the movies you get a larger drink and it is the size of the popcorn container. People just drink this stuff and keep drinking it kind of do not know they have had way too much of it.

I need to do some more research but I think the US is the only or one of the only countries that uses this stuff in drinks.

the new coke...

Apparently there is a new coca-based carbonated drink (Coca Colla) from Bolivia:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/bolivia-enters-cola-war-with-new...

There is a surprising dearth of actual documentation about it, including the important question of whether it contains HFCS, but I will do my best to quell my suspicion that the media arm of the Coca Cola corporation is somehow suppressing coverage. Anyway, a small dose of cocaine might help us North Americans to lose weight, especially if this Coca Colla is offered in a diet version. As for helping us to deal with our addictions, perhaps not...

Also related to food and its overconsumption, does anyone have any experience with fasting while trying to abstain from whatever sexual compulsion you are fighting? I have tried fasting (no more than 3 days in a row), and it does seem to shift mental focus away from psychological 'problems' onto the more immediate problem of calorie deficit. But I would hate to do something silly like trade a porn addiction for a persistent case of anorexia.

Diet comes up on this forum all the time

and it makes sense that it would, as it, too, is an appetite, and how we manage it also affects dopamine levels. Addictions are interconnected via the mechanism of the reward circuitry.

That said, it's important to find what works for you.

Things that seem to make wrestling with this part of the brain more challenging are lots of sugar or starch (bag of chips, e.g.), and spicy foods (traditional no-no in various traditions that valued sexual balance). Probably other people can remind me of what else I may be forgetting.

a pattern

I have never been an icecream fan, but since the marital O or I defecit (orgasm and Intimacy) I began late night cravings that were so intense, like they were beautiful too, Milkshakes, with Malt and Maltballs and strawberries and whip cream and chocolate with the lil chocolate chips, served in a frosted glass with whipcream and a cherry. This has been my replacement for sex/affection/intimacy. My craving for pepsi is what usually begins my climb in weight, its all about chocolate, butter and pasta, and mmm bread. I have often compared really great food like butter drenched lobster or perfect prime rib or that killer truffle cake, ya know so good your eyes roll back in your head? with sex, or Orgasm. I kid about wanting to listen to stevie ray vaughns little wing, while eating the best chocolate truffle and having an orgasm via intercourse all at one time. But i am convinced I would surely die from pleasure overload. I think this time actually, the weight gain was kicked off when I attempted to stop smoking, 5 lbs in one week, started smoking again and now up to a total of 15lbs over my desired weight. No chocolate or pepsi or butter or milkshakes or any food that even resembles the kind of sex i want in 4 days.

You sound determined!

I hope you're finding some healthy things you like to "treat" yourself with. I find that makes dietary changes far easier.

Have you noticed that it gets easier the longer you're away from heavy sugar doses? My tastes actually change. Bizarre, but helpful.

: )

treats, yeah had a handful of fritos last night, lost 6lbs 14 to go. yeah i notice the same with the sugar, like a week off of sugar and its too sweet, started the adkins diet to shed the rest, we will see how that goes. its that getting a few days away from that pleasure center thats hard. i am pretty stubborn once i set my mind to it, and its been set, i believe my scare with anxiety and the blues was also driven by what i was eating. sad i already learned my lesson with this.