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10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry

And What You Can Do About It!



1/14/2014 12:13:03 PM

LUVSDSEA's SparkPage
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.


1/2/2014 2:00:25 PM

BAPSANN's SparkPage
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!


11/29/2013 3:34:25 PM

GRINDERX's SparkPage
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).


10/7/2013 12:26:02 PM

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!


9/25/2013 1:54:23 PM

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.


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!


9/25/2013 11:23:50 AM

SHIRE33's SparkPage
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.


9/25/2013 10:23:08 AM

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


9/14/2013 6:58:09 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
boredom for me.


9/7/2013 12:03:59 PM

I can't help but notice that the majority of these issues are emotionally driven.
To cope: Anger, sadness, stress, anxiety.
Boredom/Food is there: An underlying anxiety to do something, anything, other than have to just "be" with yourself and your feelings.
Other people eating/food pushers: Wanting to be liked or fit in.
Special occasion/I deserve it: Food equals love/celebration. Why do you deserve it? What else is happening in your life that you need to make up for with food?
Clean plate syndrome: Guilt.
If you can relieve the underlying stress inducing emotions, most of these issues take care of themselves. I know I had to take a good hard look at why food was such a reward and comfort before I could lose the weight. I had to ask myself all these questions. Food was definitely fulfilling an emotional role in my life.


9/6/2013 1:27:48 PM

I agree with most of what is said here, but I won't agree with your comment that you should bring your own food to a celebration, unless you have a dietary restriction that the host doesn't know about. The reason being that it smacks of rudeness of what the host has prepared and honestly some would feel offense to the fact that a guest won't partake of the food that has been prepared. A good host would take into account that some guests won't want to eat certain foods and have certain restrictions. You are there as a guest and honestly having a bit of fat in one's diet, within reason, is actually good for a person and not as bad as some individuals make it out to be. If you don't want to have those sort of foods and you know that they are going to be served at a particular event, simply don't go or if you can't avoid going, don't eat certain foods.


9/6/2013 11:04:58 AM

Most of these apply to me. My biggest issue is that I'm an "opportunistic eater" if I have the opportunity to eat, then I eat!


9/6/2013 9:11:08 AM

WOUBBIE's SparkPage
Another point that was not made here is that your body sends out several different "hunger" signals, some of which aren't related to how full your stomach is. This is all regulated by hormones.

If your cells are still hungry (this means you, Type 2 diabetics!) you will still feel hungry even if your stomach is stuffed. Insulin resistance is a major cause of unrequited hunger.


9/6/2013 9:01:40 AM

I have been with WW for years, it's a motto NOT to skip meals. I have taken all the junk food out of my house...but I can gain weight on fruit. I know it's natural sugar but I have a sweet tooth. I also know fruit is healthy but I can eat a bag of grapes,an apple and a banana. Then eat a meal. I try to buy only a few fruits a week, but if I don't eat fruit I pig out on something else.
Sugar free puddings, nuts or just cereal


9/6/2013 7:57:56 AM

I fall into quite a few of these traps but I also have an oral fixation. I don't smoke or chew on toothpicks but I will keep a lollipop stick in my motuih long after the candy is gone.

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