I hear this SO many times, girls saying they ate their dinner and could eat another meal because they still feel hungry! Many times it takes your body a little bit longer to recognise that it is full. However you also may be eating certain things that are causing you to feel hungry. These are:
You Skipped Breakfast
If you skipped breakfast, or didn't have enough of it, your blood sugar levels have probably spiked a few times throughout the day - leaving you feeling hungry and craving food. The trick is to make sure you are eating a big breakfast, filled with wholegrains and protein. This will help to keep you feeling full throughout the WHOLE day!
Drinking Soft Drinks
Drinking sodas, juices and other drinks that are high in sugar can reduce blood flow to and activity of the part of the brain that regulates our appetite. Fructose, in particular, can trick your brain into thinking that your body needs more food, when you have already eaten. It does this by slowing down the body's ability to use leptin, a hormone that let's us know when we are full. So skip the soft drinks, especially at meal times, as they are essentially empty calories and provide you with no nutritional benefit.
You Are Dehydrated
Sometimes we may be dehydrated and not even know it. If you are slightly dehydrated you will feel the same way as when you are hungry, and most of the time it is hard to tell between the two. If you are still feeling hungry after dinner, try drinking a glass of water and see how you feel in 15 minutes.
You Didn't Eat Your Greens
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collard greens and swiss chard are rich in folate which helps to protect against weight gain and fatigue. They are also high in Vitamin K which helps to banish food cravings by regulating blood sugar levels. Making sure to eat your greens will fill you up and also provide your body with tons of nutrients it needs. Make sure to load your plate up with these!
Sometimes you are not really hungry, just bored. If you have eaten a satisfying dinner consisting of whole grains, protein and salad then you should be feeling pretty satisfied. However if you are bored you may feel "hungry" because you are looking for a distraction and something to do. My tip is to go for a short walk after dinner, it will help encourage digestion and get you out of the house! If you can't go for a walk find an activity that will occupy your hands such as painting your nails, reading a book or organising your room.
I hope some of these tips may help you!