It doesn’t matter how much you fill up on certain foods, you never seem to feel satiated. I’ve learned over the years that whole foods fill you up and processed, junk foods can bring on the pangs of hunger as if you didn’t eat anything at all. This results from the fact that much of the nutrient density is depleted in processing.
And no matter how much your will power attempts to hold strong, certain foods are addictive. No matter how bad they make you feel, you just can’t stop. I mean you could stop, it’s not like you’re tied to the kitchen table being force-fed, but you get my drift.
What are these foods? What foods should you avoid when you’re trying to get the most for your hunger buck?
1. Chewing Gum
Chewing gum stimulates the gastric juices, producing saliva. According to Faddiets.com the saliva that is produced while chewing goes down to the stomach and fools the stomach into thinking there is food to be digested, making you hungrier.
2. Diet Soda
While the label may read “diet,” don’t be fooled. Studies prove that diet soda makes you hungrier.
Artificial sweeteners could have the effect of triggering appetite but unlike regular sugars they don’t deliver something that will squelch the appetite. Sweeteners could inhibit brain cells that make you feel full.
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup
While the commercials claim that it’s fine in moderation, the truth is that the whole problem with high fructose corn syrup in the first place, is that moderation is seemingly impossible.
The syrup interferes with the body’s metabolism so that a person can’t stop eating. It’s truly hard to control cravings because high fructose corn syrup slows down the secretion of leptin in the body. Leptin is a crucial hormone in the body that tells you that you’re full and to stop eating.
4. Frozen Dinners
Frozen dinners, especially diet frozen dinners, often don’t have enough calories to fill you up. Additionally, there isn’t enough roughage, specifically, fresh fruits and vegetables to expand in your stomach. As I said above, processing depletes nutrients. If you’re going to eat frozen meals, do it rarely and make sure you accompany the meals with a salad or cut up fruits and vegetables.
5. Pastries and Baked Goods
Pastries, though ooey, gooey, and delicious do little to fill you up. White sugar and flour has no fiber or nutrients. They send you through the roof and then you come crashing down much hungrier than you were before. And it’s a pretty fast process. Choose baked goods made with ancient whole grains and as little sugar as possible.
6. Sugary Breakfast Bars
Unless breakfast bars are loaded with protein and minimally sweetened, they might as well be a pastry. High processed and sugary, these guys may seem like a shortcut but in reality, you’ll just need another meal anyway. While today you can find some high quality, organic meal bars in stores, it’s still better to make breakfast. Consider oats with fruit, honey, peanut butter, and coconut milk instead–a much better way to start your day.
7. French Fries
Although school districts consider french fries a vegetable, they are really just starchy simple carbs, fried, salted, and dipped in high fructose corn syrup (ketchup). Between the salt and carbs, fries will always leave you wishing that your ordered a supersize.
According to ScienceDaily, studies have shown that fructose — a form of sugar often found in candy and other sweets — can elevate triglyceride levels in the body, and these elevated levels impair the transport of leptin across the blood-brain barrier. When leptin does not reach the brain, the brain won’t send out signals to your body that you are full and should stop eating. This may be one reason you can eat an entire bag of candy without noticing and not feel full at all. Because your body doesn’t feel satisfied, you will likely turn to other foods to fill you up, and you can easily wind up eating more than your body requires. Researchers advise checking packages to see how much sugar is present.
So there you have the main foods that make you hungry. It is one thing to know which foods make you hungry, but finding alternatives can be difficult.
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