Still hungry after eating your meal? No, its not because you didn’t eat enough. There are a number of factors that can result in you feeling hungry after eating a whole meal. Here, we tell you what they are and how to overcome them, and stay fit.

Soft Drinks: Flavored sodas, iced teas & other sweetened beverages are a huge source of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), which acts like sugar in promoting fat storage. Research indicates that fructose can trick our brains into craving more food, even when we’re full. It works by impeding the body’s ability to use leptin, the hormone that tells us when we’ve had enough to eat.

Enough Breakfast: You know that eating breakfast is essential to being fit. Further, researchers found that those who ate just 300 calories for breakfast gained almost twice as much weight as those who ate 500 calories or more for breakfast. The reason: Eating a big breakfast makes for smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, meaning fewer sudden food cravings.

Folate rich green: Most people don’t eat enough greens, which are rich in the essential B-vitamin, Folate and helps protect against depression, fatigue & weight gain. In one study, dieters with the highest levels of Folate in their bodies lost upto 8 times more weight as those with the lowest levels. Leafy greens are also high in vitamin K that helps to regulate insulin, that helps quash cravings. Best sources of Folate: Green lettuce, spinach, collard greens, radicchio.

Black Tea: According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, people who drank one cup of black tea after eating high-carb foods decreased their blood-sugar levels by 10 percent for over 2 hours after the meal, which means they stayed full longer and had fewer food cravings.

Dehydration: Lack of water often mimics the feeling of hunger. If you’ve just eaten and still feel hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 10-15 minutes, before eating more, and see if your desires don’t diminish. In most cases, you’ll move on from your cravings.