Our bodies are capable of a lot of amazing things. From healing to hunger, our body is programmed in a way to let you know what it is that you need. But sometimes those signals of hunger can actually be the body needing something else that is causing you to feel hungry. Learning what your body is trying to tell you what you need and what you do not need is important. So what are some of the most overlooked causes of being hungry?

Working Out Excessively on Low Cardio Exercises

While it is true that studies show that working out and doing low cardio exercises does burn a lot of calories. But did you know that it can also cause your hunger to increase? Doing long hours of low to mid cardio can increase an appetite stimulating hormone known as “ghrelin” in your body causing your hunger to soar. Some studies have shown that this hormone can increase significantly after 120 minutes of low to moderate exercise. If you find yourself really hungry after getting off the treadmill, you might want to increase your intensity and decrease the time spent doing these exercises.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can not only be bad for your workout and increase recovery times between workouts, but it also has an impact on what you eat and how well you can maintain your diet. Not only can low level cardio increase levels of the appetite-stimulating ghrelin levels in your body, but lack of sleep can also cause an increase of the hormone. What this all means is that the less you sleep, the more hungry you are going to be. And if you find you are getting less sleep lasting more than 1-3 days, your hunger may end up being uncontrollable. Getting a good night’s rest is one of the most important and overlooked things when working out and changing your lifestyle. Good rest helps you recover from your exercise routines quicker and also helps you control your appetite.

Mistaking Thirst Over Hunger And Protein Shakes

While there are separate mechanisms in our bodies to tell us the difference in being hungry or thirsty, there are times that if you feel hungry, your body is trying to tell you that you need liquid. Some of us just do not drink enough water and especially during those hard workout times. When you deplete water in your body, you might feel the hunger after your workouts. It’s important to drink plenty of water as this also helps you control your appetite. Also recent studies show that those who drink more protein- shakes will likely end up having that empty feeling as solid protein meals are more effective in suppressing hunger than a protein shake. So instead of supplementing the liquid protein for solid protein, go for the lean fish or the chicken breast instead. You will feel more satisfied and not left wanting more.