Why Do I feel Hungry After Eating?

Written by:

Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Why do I feel hungry after eating? It is because of the types of foods that you eat. If you eat foods that lack protein or fiber that are empty calories and less fulfilling then you will want to eat more food. High fiber foods slow up your digestive system and fill up your tummy.

Some of the top fiber foods are:

  • Whole Grains
  • Broccoli
  • Avocados
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Popcorn
  • Beans and lentils
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus

Why do I feel hungry after eating? Photo Credit: iStock-Prostock-Studio

Here are some of the top reasons why you are hungry after eating:

  • Water. You didn’t drink enough water in the day. If you are dehydrated that will cause hunger pains. If you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day that should make you feel full. And this can arise when your body’s normal fluid drops 1 to 2 percent.
  • Small breakfast. Your breakfast was too small. A university of Cambridge study that was done on 6,724 adults for almost 4 years found that those who just ate 300 calories or less for breakfast gained twice as much weight as someone who ate 500 calories or more.
  • Research studies recommended that eating a large portion of your calories at breakfast and a lower percentage of your calories over the rest of the day helped to control hunger and excess weight gain.
  • Drinking too much soda. It can make you want to continue to eat more food. And this is because of the high fructose in soda which can potentially impede the functions of your hormones that signal your body that you are full.
  • Eating too fast. If you eat too fast, you can run the risk of overeating and continue to feel hungrier. Some research studies have shown that eating slowly can result in eating fewer calories and feeling more satisfied with your meal.
  • Medical issues– Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, thyroid issues can cause an increase in hunger. If you continue to feel hungry after eating, then consult your medical doctor.
  • Exercise. If you exercise a lot, then that will increase your appetite. The more you exercise the more you will want to consume more food.
  • High blood sugar levels. If you have high blood sugar levels that can increase your hunger levels.
  • Getting Proper Sleep. Obtaining proper sleep is essential with regulating your ghrelin hormone which controls your hunger. The ghrelin hormone is the hunger hormone in your body.
  • Getting Enough Protein. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet you will find yourself hungry. Some good protein rich foods are lean beef, fish eggs, chicken, nuts, dairy, etc.

“If you don’t eat enough fiber or protein in your diet, you may feel hungry all the time after eating food.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is if you don’t eat enough fiber or protein in your diet, you may feel hungry all the time after eating food. If you exercise a lot, it will cause you to be hungrier. The more you work out the hungrier you will be. To avoid being hungry after eating make sure to incorporate fiber and protein foods in your diet.

If you have any interest in trying any of our Ethical Supplement  products to help you heighten your immune system or assist you with your fitness, weight loss or health goals. You can get a discount below at this link. ?utm_source=blog 


  1. Amitani M, Asakawa A, Amitani H, Inui A. The role of leptin in the control of insulin-glucose axis. Front Neurosci. 2013 Apr 8;7:51. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00051. PMID: 23579596; PMCID: PMC3619125.
  2. Greer SM, Goldstein AN, Walker MP. The impact of sleep deprivation on food desire in the human brain. Nat Commun. 2013;4:2259. doi: 10.1038/ncomms3259. PMID: 23922121; PMCID: PMC3763921.
  3. Knutson KL. Impact of sleep and sleep loss on glucose homeostasis and appetite regulation. Sleep Med Clin. 2007 Jun;2(2):187-197. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2007.03.004. PMID: 18516218; PMCID: PMC2084401.
  4. Whybrow S, Hughes DA, Ritz P, Johnstone AM, Horgan GW, King N, Blundell JE, Stubbs RJ. The effect of an incremental increase in exercise on appetite, eating behaviour and energy balance in lean men and women feeding ad libitum. Br J Nutr. 2008 Nov;100(5):1109-15. doi: 10.1017/S0007114508968240. Epub 2008 Apr 1. PMID: 18377694.
  5. Groesz LM, McCoy S, Carl J, Saslow L, Stewart J, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E. What is eating you? Stress and the drive to eat. Appetite. 2012 Apr;58(2):717-21. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.11.028. Epub 2011 Dec 4. PMID: 22166677; PMCID: PMC3740553.
  6. de Graaf C, Kok FJ. Slow food, fast food and the control of food intake. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2010 May;6(5):290-3. doi: 10.1038/nrendo.2010.41. Epub 2010 Mar 30. PMID: 20351697.
  7. Ohkuma T, Hirakawa Y, Nakamura U, Kiyohara Y, Kitazono T, Ninomiya T. Association between eating rate and obesity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Nov;39(11):1589-96. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.96. Epub 2015 May 25. PMID: 26100137.
  8. Robinson E, Aveyard P, Daley A, Jolly K, Lewis A, Lycett D, Higgs S. Eating attentively: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of food intake memory and awareness on eating. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Apr;97(4):728-42. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.045245. Epub 2013 Feb 27. PMID: 23446890; PMCID: PMC3607652.
  9. Brunstrom JM, Mitchell GL. Effects of distraction on the development of satiety. Br J Nutr. 2006 Oct;96(4):761-9. PMID: 17010237.
  10. Noakes M. The role of protein in weight management. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:169-71. PMID: 18296329.
  11. Weigle DS, Breen PA, Matthys CC, Callahan HS, Meeuws KE, Burden VR, Purnell JQ. A high-protein diet induces sustained reductions in appetite, ad libitum caloric intake, and body weight despite compensatory changes in diurnal plasma leptin and ghrelin concentrations. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Jul;82(1):41-8. doi: 10.1093/ajcn.82.1.41. PMID: 16002798.
  12. Leidy HJ, Tang M, Armstrong CL, Martin CB, Campbell WW. The effects of consuming frequent, higher protein meals on appetite and satiety during weight loss in overweight/obese men. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Apr;19(4):818-24. doi: 10.1038/oby.2010.203. Epub 2010 Sep 16. PMID: 20847729; PMCID: PMC4564867.

More great content you may like

More great content you may like

Before you finish your last lap...

Don’t miss any of our great newsletters.