Eating Certain Foods Can Be a Trigger for Hunger

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Foods That Make Us More Hungry

If you are trying to lose weight, you probably will do at least some research and come up with a list of things you need to do, and a list of things you shouldn't do. Even if you're trying to maintain an already-healthy weight, you will likely come across similar lists.

When researching, you'll most likely find that you need to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, forego sedentary behaviors and add some discipline to your life that you may not currently have. Compromise or neglect in any or all of these areas could be why you may be in trouble in the first place. But first the place to begin a rebound is our diet. Certain foods should be avoided not only because they can directly contribute to weight gain, but because they actually make us hungrier.

How it Works

Losing weight is not easy. We sometimes grow attached to specific foods, and these can be the exact foods that  stimulate our appetite.

Foods that cause high blood sugar spikes stimulate appetite. They do so by containing  a lot of sugar and carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar that quickly enters the bloodstream. This causes blood sugar to elevate rapidly and release insulin to push sugar into cells. After blood sugar spikes, it drops back to normal,  although it often falls to levels lower than they are supposed to be.  When this happens, we get hungry.

Foods That Make Us Hungrier

Anyone who is serious about dieting should  avoid white bread  because it causes high insulin spikes.  A recent Spanish  study  followed the eating habits and weights of over 9,000 participants and found that people who ate two or more servings of white bread per day were 40 percent more likely to become overweight or obese over a five-year period than those who ate less than two servings of white bread per day.

While everyone loves a good glass of juice and juicing is currently popular,  juice does not have the fiber from the skin of the fruit and is full of sugar. This causes blood sugar levels to skyrocket and drop quickly, stimulating hunger.

If you think alcohol, even in moderation, can work in a healthy diet, think again. Alcohol can wreak havoc on leptin levels, which is the hormone that keeps us feeling full. Only three servings can deplete leptin levels by 30 percent. Alcohol also can deplete glycogen and cause a craving for carbohydrates.

Lastly, stay cautious of monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG is a flavor enhancer in Chinese food, but can be found in canned vegetables, soups and processed meats, as well.  One  study  showed that MSG triggers a 40 percent increase in appetite, and that people who consume the most MSG are three times as likely to be overweight than those who do not consume it at all.

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