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Not Hungry in the Morning? Here’s Why


1. You ate a large dinner or late-night snacks

Eating large dinners or eating snacks the night before may be a big reason you don’t feel hungry in the morning.

This can be especially true if you have eaten a dinner or snack that is high in protein or fat. These nutrients can slow the process of emptying your stomach and results in you feeling fuller, longer.

2. Your hormone levels change overnight

Levels of several hormones in your body fluctuate overnight and during sleep which can change your appetite.

It’s believed that this epinephrine suppresses your appetite by slowing the rate your stomach empties and increases the breakdown of carbohydrates that are stored in your liver and muscles to fuel your body.

Some research suggests that levels of leptin may be higher in the morning. Leptin is a hormone that promotes the feeling of fullness. These studies have resulted in mixed data.

3. You feel anxious or depressed

Anxiety and depression can heavily impact your hunger. Depression can cause changes in your appetite as well as causing symptoms such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, and loss of interest.

Anxiety can increase levels of stress hormones that actually reduce your appetite. It’s important to remember that anxiety and depression affect people differently. Some studies have found that these conditions are instead linked with increased appetite and food intake for some people.

4. You’re sick

Feeling sick can cause a decrease in appetite and overall hunger levels. Repiratory infections, like the common cold and the flu, are known to make you feel less hungry than you should.

Sometimes these types of respiratory infections can actually limit your senses of smell and taste which can definitely reduce your appetite.

It is very important to stay hydrated and keep eating when you’re sick, even if you don’t feel hungry. Foods and drinks like soup, hot tea, bananas, crackers, and applesauce are a few examples that can make it easier to stay fueled.

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