I know how frustrating it can get when your stomach is constantly growling throughout the day. No matter how much you think you’re eating, you just can’t seem to get full and you’re always feeling hungry. Have you ever stopped to think about what hunger actually is? It’s pretty much a defense mechanism and a survival instinct that prevents your body from starving. When it comes to Ectomorphs, feeling hungry all the time is pretty common, and that’s due to many reasons.
The main reason why Ectomorphs are always hungry is because of their rapid metabolism that’s constantly burning calories throughout the day. And when you burn too many calories, your body will automatically signal it to you by the feeling of hunger. Other reasons could be that you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re mistaking hunger for thirst, you’re too stressed, or you’re following the wrong diet.
In this article, we’ll talk about the different reasons why Ectomorphs are always hungry, as well as some ways to prevent it.
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Main Reasons Why Ectomorphs Are Always Hungry
Here are some of the common reasons why your stomach is constantly growling throughout the day:
You Have a Rapid Metabolism
This is pretty much the main struggle for all Ectomorphs and skinny people. It’s the main reason why you can’t seem to build muscles easily, it’s also the reason why you can’t gain those pounds even though you’re constantly eating, and it’s also one of the main reasons why you’re always feeling hungry. No matter what you do, you’ll just burn calories at a faster rate than the average non-Ectomorph person. And because of that, your body will always be needing energy. And since it can’t talk, it will signal it to you by the feeling of hunger.
How you can prevent it: For Ectomorphs, this is pretty much unavoidable. Nothing can change your metabolism. The only way you can reduce its effect is by eating a lot more so you can achieve a calorie surplus (eating more than your body burns). The best way to do that is by eating more than 3 meals per day, eating every 2 hours, and snacking between your meals.
Read more: The Best High-Calorie Foods For Ectomorphs.
You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
If you think about it, sleep represents pretty much 40-50% of our daily life. This means that you spend 6 to 9 hours of sleep every single day. If you’re not getting enough sleep, then you’ll automatically feel more hungry to forget about it. Because what else will you be doing if you’re not sleeping besides eating? Not only will it cause more hunger, but it’ll also significantly decrease your productivity. And if you like scientific explanations, not getting enough sleep will cause leptin (the hormone that controls whether or not you’re feeling full) to decrease. For Ectomorphs, one of the main reasons why you’re not building any muscles or gaining weight could be your lack of sufficient sleep.
How you can prevent it: There isn’t a way to avoid this except to get enough sleeping time. It’s recommended for Ectomorphs to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night. I understand that that’s unrealistic in some cases especially if you have a busy schedule, but set it as your top priority and try to get close to it as much as possible.
Read more: Do Ectomorphs Need More Sleep.
You’re Confusing Hunger With Thirst
When you’re feeling hungry, most of the time, it’s just a weird way of your body signaling that it needs water. Next time you’re feeling hungry, drink a cup of water instead of chewing your favorite hamburger, and I guarantee you that the feeling of hunger will wear off quickly. And even besides that, drinking water has a lot of benefits for your body. In fact, the recommended daily water intake for most people is about 12 to 15 cups (3 to 4 liters).
How you can prevent it: Whenever you’re feeling hungry, especially if you’ve just eaten, drink a cup of water and try to resist eating for about 30 minutes. If you’re still feeling hungry after that time, then your body has probably run out of energy, if not, then you just saved yourself a meal.
Read more: Can Ectomorphs Eat Junk Food.
You’re Too Stressed
The human body is such an interesting and complex system. When you’re feeling stressed, your body automatically enters a survival fight-or-flight mode which causes an increase in your cortisol levels. This cortisol triggers the hunger hormones and makes you want to eat more instantly, that’s because it unbalances your eating habits and increases your appetite.
How you can prevent it: While it’s impossible to change what’s happening in your life in terms of stress, there are some stress-management activities and tips that you can follow in order to decrease it. These activities include weight-lifting, yoga, meditation, socializing, and so on.
You’re Following The Wrong Diet
One of the main reasons why you’re always feeling hungry even though you’re eating enough, reaching your calorie surplus, and consuming high-calorie foods, is because you’re following a diet that’s lacking in some vital nutrients that makes your body full. If your diet consists of cereal, pizzas, fries, bread, and so on, then be sure that you’re fueling your body with meals that lack important nutrients such as protein, and fibers. These types of meals burn quickly, especially for Ectomorphs that have a rapid metabolism which leaves them always looking to eat more.
How you can prevent this: Make sure to implement complex carbs in your diet such as vegetables, rice, and fruits that take a lot longer to digest.
At the end of the day, you don’t have to worry about always feeling hungry as an Ectomorph. Most of the time, it’s probably your body needing more energy from you. So the best way to prevent that is by eating more especially if you’re trying to gain weight or build muscles. Make sure that you’re always reaching your calorie surplus, getting enough sleep, having the right workout plan, and following a diet that’s adapted to your body type.