It’s a vicious cycle: You overeat and get heavy, then constantly feel hungry. Why? Because you’re already fat. “We gain weight because our fat cells are overstimulated, causing them to suck in and store too many calories,” says researcher David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., in a new study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “From this perspective, hunger is simply a response to having too few calories in the bloodstream, where they’re needed,” making you hungry— and, probably, hungry—24-7.
Solution: “Focus on eating natural foods that digest slowly, like fruits, veggies, beans, fish, nuts, and seeds,” says Ludwig, “and avoid processed carbs, refined grains, potatoes, and concentrated sugars. That way, insulin levels will drop, reprogramming the body to store less fat—and you’ll be less hungry and lose weight with less struggle.”