There are both physical and psychological reasons your appetite could change even when it seems your eating and exercise routine have not.
For instance, you may feel hungry frequently if your diet lacks protein, fiber, or fat, all of which promote fullness and reduce appetite.
Extreme hunger is also a sign of inadequate sleep and chronic stress. For example if your recent appetite surge doesn’t seem to track with your time of the month, it might be due to ongoing stress or anxiety.
While feeling overwhelmed does tend to dampen appetite in the short term for many people, the opposite can happen over time.
The constant grind of stress may trigger a rise in the hormone cortisol, which, in turn, helps make insulin levels go up and blood sugar drop.
Are you taking any new medications? Certain prescription drugs can amp up appetite. Your hunger could also be a side effect of a medical condition, such as a thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, or depression.
If you’re concerned about your heightened hunger and it’s been going on for weeks, it’s worth discussing it with your doctor, especially if you don’t think stress is at play.
In the small chance that a health issue is actually behind the appetite change, it’s (of course) important to get it diagnosed as early as you can.
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