How come I eat a lot, yet I'm still always hungry?

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So I'm a fairly active guy who's quite healthy and fit, yet I can't seem to fill myself up when eating. I often binge eat or eat excessive amounts due to me not being full, which will eventually fill me up. For example, I literally can eat a full pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and still not be full after eating it all to myself, and I'd still be able to eat more food. Whenever I go to the shop to buy some snacks I always end up buying excessive amounts as well; for example I'd buy two chocolate bars instead of just one and I'd binge eat them straight away. I'm not sure why I'm like this, it's frustrating being always hungry as it means my weight can be volatile and I have no self control. I'm by no means fat or overweight, so I can't understand why I'm like this. I eat very fast, and I often don't drink water for extended periods of time so maybe this has something to do with it?
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Possibly. But it sounds like you may have a high metabolism (the speed at which your body breaks down food for energy). When your physical stomach is full, it's sends a signal to the hypothalamus which then sends a pain signal to the stomach. Because your stomach isn't full as the food is being sent to the large intestine, your body still thinks it's hungry. I hope this answers your question
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(Original post by JMcGarry00)
Possibly. But it sounds like you may have a high metabolism (the speed at which your body breaks down food for energy). When your physical stomach is full, it's sends a signal to the hypothalamus which then sends a pain signal to the stomach. Because your stomach isn't full as the food is being sent to the large intestine, your body still thinks it's hungry. I hope this answers your question
Oh yeah, never thought about metabolism playing a role into it. The thing is though, don't people with a fast metabolism have a slender frame? I'm slim, but definitely not skinny
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Partly, but it depends on the person. Obese people, for example have a lot of fat in their liver and body cells because they aren't active so the energy isn't used and therefore is stored in the body as fat in cells and tissues. And because you are fairly active, your body cells that contain fat oxidise (they get the oxygen from physical activity) and it turns to carbon dioxide and water. You can be either skinny or slim too
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Eat foods higher in protein and fibre
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Chew on whatever you're eating for longer. You're probably eating too fast.
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Eat slower and drink more. Often when I'm still feeling peckish after meals or mid way through a day, it's because I'm dehydrated.

You can get water bottles with like times on it to help you drink more e.g drink this much by 12 o'clock
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Pretty much all junk foods like the foods you mentioned above are empty calories so they are unlikely too fill a fair amount of people up. Eating more wholesome foods may do the trick, although there is a possibility that your metabolism is quite high. Before I used to think I was always hungry but I really wasn't, I just felt like I was hungry (If you know what I mean XD). After sticking to a loose meal plan in terms and when to eat it got much better and now I'm not as hungry as I used to be. I don't know if that will work for you but what the hey, might as well put it out there. I also recommend something called mindful eating where you take a bite of something and cherish it, close your eyes, feel the flavor and then swallow. If you do that then it makes you fee more satisfied without having to eat so much. Sounds weird but it worked for me.
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Drink a lot of water. My sister (who works in the medical field) said that our brains sometimes 'get confused' and tell us we're hungry but we're more likely to just be thirsty.
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Eat food with more fibre.
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I am no doctor, but it might be worth getting your thyroid checked. Sometimes, if your thyroid is overactive your appetite increases a lot. You would probably have other symptoms though - such as a rapid pulse, and maybe a slight tremor. You could look up the symptoms and see if they ring any bells.... Just a thought!
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So I'm a fairly active guy who's quite healthy and fit, yet I can't seem to fill myself up when eating. I often binge eat or eat excessive amounts due to me not being full, which will eventually fill me up. For example, I literally can eat a full pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and still not be full after eating it all to myself, and I'd still be able to eat more food. Whenever I go to the shop to buy some snacks I always end up buying excessive amounts as well; for example I'd buy two chocolate bars instead of just one and I'd binge eat them straight away. I'm not sure why I'm like this, it's frustrating being always hungry as it means my weight can be volatile and I have no self control. I'm by no means fat or overweight, so I can't understand why I'm like this. I eat very fast, and I often don't drink water for extended periods of time so maybe this has something to do with it?
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