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10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry

And What You Can Do About It!

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LUANAALGER

4/23/2014 4:37:19 PM

Ha! I don't think I have felt hunger pangs in at least 20 years, quite honestly... I could go for days without eating and still not feel hungry, so I essentially always eat when I am not hungry. I think I totally slaughtered my metabolism well over two decades ago... So, now what? :-(

29011976

4/23/2014 8:40:35 AM

What if i will feel hungry later and food is nowhere to be seen especially when people are already asleep? This thought makes me to eat even if am not hungry.

SENSORYFOODIE

4/12/2014 5:38:07 AM

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I too am struggling with this. But learning the triggers is extremely important: tv after 8 pm is one such thing.

My next "go to" articles are the ones on emotional eating (SP Guide) and whether you can cheat and still lose weight.

Because I have 15 lbs to lose, I'm going to have to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible so that I avoid all manner of self-sabotage so that I can actually get to my goal. I like what the article I read before this one said in the last line: ultimately, as an adult it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY what you put into your mouth. My husband may bring it into the house, but HE DOESN'T FORCE FEED ME.

MOURERMA

4/9/2014 12:19:32 PM

I definitely over-eat when I'm bored. So I started doing jig saw puzzles whenever I feel bored and "hungry." I actually download them to my ipad so I always have one handy. So far it worked well. I haven't been eating while I work on a puzzle and between tracking and no longer grazing in the evenings I've lost 15 pounds.

WATCHFORBEARSOK

2/22/2014 3:04:18 PM

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I suffer from all 10 of these!

CARTER4414

1/23/2014 12:59:23 PM

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Eating when I'm not hungry is always my biggest problem, and those snacks tend to be the ones with the most sugar.

I also have to say that the picture of the taco at the top of the article is making me hungry.

LUVSDSEA

1/14/2014 12:13:03 PM

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I'm really struggling with this issue and I appreciate the tips. My worst time is at night. I find myself wandering out to the kitchen to find something salty or chocolate. If I don't buy them, my husband does so there is always something there. I know I need to get better control over myself or go out somewhere every night where food won't become a temptation.

BAPSANN

1/2/2014 2:00:25 PM

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I took 20 minutes to eat my food today at lunch time and I feel really full. I did not eat more than usual and I feel great. The tip from yesterday was to take longer, at least 20 minutes to eat. It works!

GRINDERX

11/29/2013 3:34:25 PM

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I always want to eat before bed, i've found that chewing gum really helps me, especially the fruit flavored ones (i love juicy fruit).

EDEILAYNE

10/7/2013 12:26:02 PM

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When I catch myself wanting to eat when I am not hungry, one of the first questions I ask myself is "am I thirsty?" I have found that many times, that is the culprit!

STILLBLESSED07

9/25/2013 1:54:23 PM

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For me, my issue is that I get an urge for something sweet before going to sleep. Just realizing that is probably why the scale will not budge.

JUSTUS711

9/25/2013 12:44:27 PM

I eat when I'm not supposed to because I want a "taste". I love to cook, thus, I am always looking for new recipes, and watch cook shows continuously, making it difficult to keep off that ugly cellulite. UGH!

SHIRE33

9/25/2013 11:23:50 AM

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Don't forget procrastination! I often eat to avoid doing something I don't want to do. Then I have two problems.

I also have eating trigger situations, like sitting at my desk grading. It provides distraction in a way that enables me to stay at the desk. But I need to work on that, either by eating something like cucumbers and celery or something healthy. If I let myself get up to walk around, then it's hard to make myself sit back down and focus on the work. Tough one.

KKB501

9/25/2013 10:23:08 AM

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Pretty sure I fit into all of these at some point or another...

LEANMEAN2

9/14/2013 6:58:09 AM

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boredom for me.

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