“Have I got tapeworm?”
“If only eating was a competition, I would come first!”
“I don’t get it, why am I so hungry all the time!”
We’re sure most of you talked like this to yourself while having a ‘snack’ shortly after a meal. Or when you finished packets of chips and were still hungry.
Repeatedly checking the fridge for food became a default habit, and Zomato/Swiggy turned into your favourite app.
You are not alone.
So, if you’ve turned into a serial binge-eater, don’t worry, these might be the reasons for your constant-indulgence.
What time did you sleep?
Rationing on your sleep messes with the hunger hormone – ghrelin. Staying up late, or not completing your sleep boosts certain chemicals in the blood that make eating more pleasurable.
What do you have for breakfast?
You had breakfast a while ago, but your stomach is grumbling again. Why? Because an unhealthy or carb-y breakfast makes you hungry again, as compared to a protein-rich breakfast that fights cravings and keeps you full.
Are you eating ‘low-fat’ foods?
Foods labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘fat-free’ often have more sugar, salt, and calories. You are right to avoid trans fats, but include healthy fats in your diet like olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocadoes, etc.
When is your next meal?
The gap between meals plays a crucial role, where four to five hours apart is about right. Anything more is a no-no. Eating on time allows you to recognize hunger cues and lets your body digest complex carbs and protein.
Is your Instagram feed full of food pics?
Double tapping on those yummy-looking foods or watching food videos on YouTube will make you want to eat, even when you’re not hungry. When we see an attractive food image on social media, blood rushes to the parts of the brain associated with taste. Which is why you crave for food, after a ‘social-media indulgence.’
And let’s not forget, the lockdown worsened our eating habits because all we did at home was eat.
It’s time to keep these habits in check, and adopt a healthy diet for a fit 2021!