It’s one thing to notice an uptick in appetite if you’ve been training hard at the gym, or if you’re pregnant or PMS-ing. But when you always feel like a bottomless pit for no obvious reason, then something’s definitely up. “Hunger is the physiological need for calories, water and salt, and it’s driven by a mix of factors, including your diet, appetite hormones and emotional factors, such as stress,” says Maggie Moon, RD, a Los Angeles-based nutritionist and owner of Everyday Healthy Eating. Figuring out why you can’t stop shoveling it down is important, because excess hunger can tip you off to a physical or mental health issue — and giving in to that need to feed can send your BMI into dangerously unhealthy territory. These 11 things will help explain why your belly’s been growling.

- You’re dehydrated
- You’re a restless sleeper
- You load up on starchy carbs
- You’re a stress case (work/relationship/...)
- You drink too much alcohol
- You need to eat more protein
- You aren’t eating enough fat
- You skip meals
- You’re bombarded by food porn!
- You wolf down your meal (your stomach might be full, but you haven’t allowed your brain enough time to register that fullness.)
- You’re on certain medications .....

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