Always Feeling Hungry After Eating: Causes And How To Stop It?

Some people complain of feeling hungry even after having a full meal. In most cases, this may be considered as a sign of an underlying ailment like diabetes, but there are also several other contributing factors. In individuals on a strict dietary regimen, typically low on calories, feeling hungry after a meal, may not be unusual.

Causes Of Feeling Hungry After Eating

The pathological condition associated with feeling hungry after eating is diabetes mellitus.

In individuals with diabetes, polyphagia and polydyspia are common symptoms. Some of the other hormonal disorder associated with increased hunger includes hyperthyroidism, pituitary gland disorders, Cushing’s syndrome (adrenal gland disorder).

However, feeling hungry after eating may not always be pathological and some of the other causes include,

  • Eating food too quickly.
  • Inadequate amount of proteins and fibers.
  • Consuming small quantity of food.
  • Skipping meals, especially breakfast.
  • Consuming medications like steroids.

Ways To Stop Being Hungry After Eating

Here are some useful tips on how to control the feeling of hunger after eating.

Following these tips can help alleviate this sensation especially if it is non pathological,

  • Eat slowly: Eating too fast doesn’t give enough time to trigger the satiety hormone. Typically, these hormones get released after about 20 to 30 minutes. Research has shown that individuals, who ate ice cream slower, were more satisfied (due to the satiety hormone being trigger) compared to those who finished it faster.
  • Chew your food: Gulping down food makes it difficult for the body to digest it and therefore unable to absorb the nutrients. This in turn creates a feeling of hunger even after a meal. It is recommended that you chew a mussel of food for almost 32 times before swallowing it. This allows the food to be broken down and thereby easier to digest eventually.
  • Ensure that you consume enough protein and fiber in your diet. Protein and fiber have a greater impact on the appetite suppressing hormone compared to carbohydrates. Adding monosaturated fats to your diet can also trigger the release of CCK from the intestine, which suppresses hunger.
  • Ensure that you have a breakfast every day. A high fiber breakfast comprising of eggs and oatmeal is very beneficial. This provides enough energy for the day and prevents you from feeling hungry after meals.
  • Drink a glass of water, especially when you feel hungry. In some individuals, the brain fails to differentiate between hunger and thirst, which can often cause this symptom. Experts suggest consuming a glass of water about half an hour after a meal can suppress any sensation of hunger.
  • Ensure that you have enough quantity of food during your meal. A complete and balanced meal should comprise of one vegetable, on legume or pulse along with bread. Typically, meals that are high in calorie count can only increase the probability of feeling hungry after a meal.
  • Consult your physician, especially if you are on any pain medications or steroids. Steroids often trigger metabolism and lead to sensation of hunger. Request your doctor to cut down upon the dosage, if possible.

In case the sensation persists, consult a endocrinologist or your physician.