If you are like me, you probably ate a bit too much during the Super Bowl this past weekend. The junk food we all love like pizza, wings, chips and dip are obviously not the best choices for your diet. But at the same time, they are so readily available at gatherings such as a sports event or get-togethers.
But did you ever wonder why? Well it could be because according to Huffington Post, there are 4 foods that can actually make you feel hungrier than before you ate them. And chances are you were eating them during the game.
- Processed foods. They make your blood sugar spike and then crash, which ends up making you feel hungry again before you really should. They also get the reward center of your brain all amped up, so you crave MORE processed food.
- Alcohol. It lowers your inhibitions. So when you do get a little hungry, you’re more likely to eat a LOT, or mindlessly keep snacking when you don’t need to.
- Artificial sweeteners. Studies have found anything sweet can increase your appetite. But your brain reacts differently to real sugar and artificial stuff. Sugar registers as a reward in your brain. Artificial sweeteners don’t, so you keep feeling hungry.
- Anything salty. A recent study found salty foods are so addictive, it’s almost on par with a mild opiate. So that’s one reason it’s so hard to stop once you’ve started eating something like potato chips.
And salt also makes you thirsty. So you end up taking in extra calories by drinking even more beer or soda. Water is the best choice.
So all of this may be very good information regarding why I am so hungry while eating so much of my favorite foods, but it doesn’t help me stop eating them. I guess the answer is to stick with the healthier options of carrots and celery for me. YUM! Party on! 🙁