Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014

Why we just can’t stop eating on some days

hog-main Do you sometimes feel the irresistible urge to munch anything and everything that comes your way? (Source: Thinkstock Images)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 28, 2014 12:44 pm | Updated: August 29, 2014 9:21 am

Do you sometimes feel the irresistible urge to munch anything and everything that comes your way, especially the sugary treats full of carbohydrates? The hunger would simply just not go. It doesn’t happen for no reason. Check out the seven reasons, listed by Daily Mail that may make your appetite soar.

1. You are tired or sleep deprived

According to a study by researchers at Columbia University in the US, those who are sleep-deprived eat almost 300 calories a day more than those who get enough sleep. This happens because levels of the hormone ghrelin, which tells the brain we need to eat, increase when we don’t get enough sleep. Professor Russell Foster, director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at Oxford University tells Daily Mail that body craves more carbohydrates and sugar when it is sleep deprived or tired as these are the energy giving foods.

sleep-deprived Those who are sleep-deprived eat almost 300 calories a day more than those who get enough sleep (Source: Thinkstock Images)

2. You are going through Menopause

The hormonal fluctuations during this time can make women more hungry. Levels of progesterone vary in the perimenopause – the two to five years leading up to the menopause – and this seems to affect appetite, Leila Hannah, a gynaecologist at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup tells Daily Mail.

 The hormonal fluctuations during this time can make women more hungry (Source: Thinkstock Images) The hormonal fluctuations during this time can make women more hungry (Source: Thinkstock Images)

3. You are pregnant

You feel unusually hungry during pregnancy as it is the time when tissues are being laid down for the growth of the embryo, explains Manchester GP Dr Jude Gunasekera to Daily Mail. This uses up a lot of energy, which is why women who are pregnant may feel so hungry.

You feel unusually hungry during pregnancy (Source: Thinkstock Images) You feel unusually hungry during pregnancy (Source: Thinkstock Images)

4. You are on anti-depressants

People who are going through depression may lose interest in everything around them including food. But once they start their medication, because of the drug called mirtazapine, they feel more hungry.

“Antidepressants disturb the function of the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls and regulates appetite, and this is why appetite can increase when people take them,” explains consultant psychiatrist Professor Jonathan Chick, medical director of the Castle Craig rehabilitation clinic in Peeblesshire, Scotland.

Antidepressants disturb the function of the hypothalamus  (Source: Thinkstock Images) Antidepressants disturb the function of the hypothalamus (Source: Thinkstock Images)

5. You saw some bad news report last night

Hearing about economic hardship or any kind of continued…

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