What causes hunger pains in the middle of the afternoon?

valentine lady
By valentine lady Latest Reply 2014-03-18 18:51:27 -0500
Started 2014-03-10 10:40:14 -0500

Everyday around 3 to 4 P.M. I suffer hunger pains like crazy. I've tried eating just a handful of nuts or even a yogurt but it doesn't stop it. My largest meal of the day is at lunch, so I know I'm not really hungry and the evening meal is at 5 P.M. If I give into these hunger pains I know I could stuff myself. I've done it. It doesn't do my BG any good, or my diet either. Have any of you out there experieced this or know about it, PLEASE enlighten me. I really need to know.

23 replies

Chopstix 2014-03-18 17:15:34 -0500 Report

Remember all hunger pains are not hunger. It could be that you are dehydrated and need to drink water. Also in cold weather you can still be/get dehydrated. Being dehydrated can cause you to have higher blood pressure and blood glucose readings too. Don't forget spring will be here soon so start carrying bottles of H2O around…

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-18 18:51:27 -0500 Report

Hi Chopstix; After all the wonderful tips given to me after I started this discussion I have learned to drink 64oz. of water in the afternoon along with a high protein snack, like peanut butter and an apple or stuffed in celery. I have come to know it's not a hunger thing, but so appreciate your interest and tip.

MrsCDogg 2014-03-17 05:59:00 -0500 Report

Try having a protein snack when you are hungry between meals. A boiled egg is only 70 calories and has 1 or 2 carbs.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-17 11:23:54 -0500 Report

MrsCDogg; I do have an apple with peanut butter about mid-afternoon. But, I started drinking 64 oz. water through out the afternoon and the hunger pains have stopped. Thanks for the tip though, I love boiled eggs.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-16 09:14:50 -0500 Report

I slice a small apple and spread a very little peanut butter on it and that always works for me. You must eat a small snack between your lunch and dinner and remember to not overeat at any meal. Good Luck.

Nana D76
Nana D76 2014-03-12 13:22:50 -0500 Report

How many carbs do you have as mid day snacks?

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valentine lady 2014-03-13 11:08:54 -0500 Report

Hi Nana, my peanutbutter has 8 grams of carbs per teaspoon in it. I eat 2 teaspoons in celery with it. I'm also drinking 2-64 oz. container of water every afternoon. I just started this after I got these suggestions on this blog. It's working and I appreciate all the wonderful ideas everyone sent me. Thank you too for asking. Hugs, VL

margokittycat 2014-03-10 21:09:10 -0500 Report

I agree with Gabby, a lotof times it is thirst pains or cravngs and not food. I drink about 15 bottles of water a day and I don't have the pains or cravings anymore that I use to have.

crazeknot 2014-03-10 18:56:35 -0500 Report

I would suggest, that U move your evening meal to 4:00 P. M. instead of the time U have it. Then have a snack around 7:30 or 8:00 if U need one.

Gracie40 2014-03-10 14:55:03 -0500 Report

All of the previous suggestions are super. I, too was thinking about more protein at lunch, Or something that you could add that takes longer to digest like Peanut Butter stuffed celery. Sometimes for me even something as simple as a glass of Crystal Light can chase those pangs away. While I am cooking, I usually have a glass of that handy. Helps with hydration and gives you a feeling of fullness.

Glucerna 2014-03-10 15:47:25 -0500 Report

It's great to hear everyone talking about the importance of hydration for both good health as well as managing hunger. Eating foods that contain fiber (legumes, vegetables, whole grains) slows down digestion and often helps us feel full for a longer amount of time. Many people find that drinking 12-16 oz of water with their meals and including soup with the meal help them feel more full and satisfied. Let us know what combination works best for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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valentine lady 2014-03-13 10:24:31 -0500 Report

Drinking water, lots of it, has really helped. The hunger pains have stopped since I started drinking the water. Actually, the entry just below is this one is from me also. I don't know why or how I clinked on anonymous…never made that mistake before.

Anonymous 2014-03-12 10:40:40 -0500 Report

After reading so many wonderful suggestions this is what I ended up doing. I'm drinking 2-64oz. glasses of water just in the afternoon. 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening. I added a couple pieces of peanutbutter stuffed celery and the hunger pains have stopped. I eat a very good lunch with atleast 4 to 6 oz. protein, a salad and plenty of vegies. That's why I couldn't understand why I was so hungary. It just never occured to me that I was dehydrated. Or that the hunger pains can be caused by dehydration. I thank all of you so much for all the wonderful suggestions. You guys are the best…

Glucerna 2014-03-12 21:18:17 -0500 Report

I'm glad you asked for our help and implemented changes that make sense to you. It's great that you've done away with the hunger pains! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-03-10 14:24:22 -0500 Report

Drinking a hot liquid (hot water with lemon, tea, broth) can also give you a "full" feeling that might help stave off the eating. My lunch every day consists of an apple with peanut butter. The high fiber apple fills me up and the peanut butter on it stays with me until its time for dinner.

jayabee52 2014-03-10 14:10:18 -0500 Report

Howdy VL!
Copperchief may be onto something there, but I want to think in a bit of a different direction: What do you eat at lunch? Are you getting adequate protein? If you are eating mainly vegetables, and little protein by 3 to 4 pm the veggies are pretty much digested,

If you ate more protein you might not get the munchies as there'd still be food in your tummy digesting. Just a thought

God's best to you


GabbyPA 2014-03-10 14:04:47 -0500 Report

Hunger pains may actually be Thirsty pains. Sometimes our bodies confuse the hunger and thirst cravings. Perhaps try a nice glass of water first to see if it helps?

Copperchef 2014-03-10 11:06:30 -0500 Report

Sometimes, hunger pangs can be caused by low blood sugar, other times, it can just be patterning.(A set time you have always eaten a snack). Check your blood sugar first, to make sure your levels are good, then you can try 8-12 ounces of water.
Dehydration can trigger hunger pains. As both type 1 and type 2 diabetics, I have been told we do not hydrate sufficiently on a daily basis. I have started drinking 2-3 quarts of water a day and find that I feel much less hungry, even at meal times.
My wife, who is also a Type2 diabetic, was just recently hospitalized for dehydration after being ill with the flu for less than 4 hours. Doctors stated that she was not properly hydrated. Her blood sugars were staying around 200 to 210, so when they would go down to 140 or 130, she was feeling hungry, Her endocrinologist said that, she was not getting enough H2O and her whole body chemistry was being thrown off.
Since the incident, she is now drinking much more water, feels better, has less hunger pangs and has been able to more effectively control her blood sugar levels.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-10 12:07:33 -0500 Report

Hi Copperchef: Thank you for the insight. I've been put in the hospital several times before for dehydration. No one ever mentioned to me about all you've given me insight to. So I'll drink plenty of water. I'll try anything at this point I'll try anything. Thanks again!!!

jigsaw 2014-03-10 18:35:11 -0500 Report

I think everyone here had some excellent suggestions! I really can't think of anything to add. I think there is a good chance that the answer or answers are within the replies.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-10 19:05:05 -0500 Report

Hi Jigsaw; I have really enjoyed all the answers contributed to my question of the day. I will take all and put them all into practice. I started today by drinking 64oz. of water during that time period. It worked!!!! For dinner tonight as a dessert I ate an apple with peanutbutter. It was wonderful..the evening has become the smallest meal of the day that apple topped it off. All of you are the greatest, thank you so much for all the tips to help me over come this problem I have.. I can't help but wonder how many people have the same problem and may be embarrassed to talk about it. If that's the case, don't be embarrassed come forward ans speak up. There are wonderful people in our community to help you out.

jigsaw 2014-03-11 06:42:30 -0500 Report

That is really good news! I follow quite a few of the recommendations here also, They can make a substantial difference!

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