Top ten foods that increase your hunger and cravings

Top ten foods that increase your hunger and cravings

hunger_cravingsMany dietitians will be happy if their clients say that they are eating very less. Great, better and faster weight loss and more clients.

Wrong on my opinion!!!! If you don’t eat well, you cant beat food cravings. Cravings are the enemies to weight loss. If you want keep depriving yourself, you will end up eating more of whatever you crave for.

Lets have a peek at the foods that can kill your healthy eating efforts.

  1. Salty foods– These increase your cravings by dehydrating you. Now you know why Ruffles Lays have their jingle saying “No one can eat just one”.
  2. Fatty foods– These make you lose your control over your taste buds. The sad part is you cant even enjoy it as you are feeling guilty.
  3. Cold temperatures– Your body needs fuel to generate heat hence food becomes fuel and you end up getting eating more. Winter season is the time you need to exercise more. Hence indoor gyms will come to your rescue.
  4. Artificial sweeteners– Boon or bane!!! Never use these to lose weight. These sweeteners find their way in all the food that are high in fat and in refined sugars. They trick you into eating more as you feel its safe to gobble more as it has no sugar. Take for eg, a piece of cake which contains refined flour and artificial sweetener. Refined flour is nothing but carbs and has no other nutrients.
  5. Caffeine– This is a feel good stimulant, hence food with caffeine can make you eat more as you feel “happy”. Now you why you crave for that lattes and cappuccinos of Cafe Coffee Day.
  6. Alcohol– Alcohol can really increase your cravings for all that tidbits kept in front of you while you are out drinking with your friends and you get mentally weaker to make healthy choices.
  7. Not drinking enough water– Dehydration can make you very hungry. Plus you mistake thirst for hunger pangs. So start drinking up water.
  8. Refined foods with no fiber– These foods enter into your blood sugars really fast and you start feeling hungry again after the meal. You can do a self check after you have eaten white rice or refined pasta.
  9. Sugar– The most common culprit which you can never add a full stop to it.
  10. Swimming-This is very good form of exercise but can make you really ravenous. This is because of the temperature differences as you are in cool water so your body demands for fuel and you push it further with exercise. Now you know why you feel so hungry after swimming. Now this does not mean you should not swim. You just need to keep your food intake in check.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

2 Replies to “Top ten foods that increase your hunger and cravings”

  1. The information that has been posted, makes a lot of sense. The part about the cold weather grabbed my attention. I just got back from the gym, and I worked out for an hour and thirty minutes. So as I was on my way home, I had to wait for the city bus to arrive, which was about thirty minutes in forty degree weather, and I had no jacket. Plus I had to walk half of a mile to my house. Once I entered my home, I became very hungry, and I ate to satisfy the hunger that came from being in the cold. I felt so guilty, because it was as if I exercised for nothing, but this article made me understand everything.

  2. Thanks Sanjana,

    I have a buffet dinner today and I want to have a paisa vasool deal… So I’ll have two diet cokes now(it’s 10 AM IST), 1 lays packet for lunch, lots of sugar free chewing gums to increase saliva intake and will swim for two hours in the evening… Thanks buddy, god bless you!

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