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10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry

And What You Can Do About It!



9/5/2013 5:16:19 PM

SCTF75's SparkPage
How about thirst? How about that you've been eating certain types of food that your body gets accustomed to? Diabetes makes people feel hungry.. I spent my whole life hearing about 'emotional eating" and thought I must be a mess. I have since learned that WHAT we eat can make a HUGE difference. MSG is a known trigger that makes people feel hungrier and overeat (for many reasons, including an addictive property). I do emotionally eat occasionally, but I have found that by abstaining from msg laden processed foods and overly sugary foods has really helped my appetite. Exhausting in today's world of all processed and convenience foods to stay away from MSG, but worth it!


9/1/2013 10:24:25 AM

SMILES4100's SparkPage
Wait, I thought the best way to lose weight was to eat at the same time every day. Granted, when 6 o'clock comes, I don't always feel hungry, but I do make sure to eat. "Eating" doesn't mean 5 courses. Sometimes it's a piece of fruit or a smoothie. Enough to fill me, not so much as to stuff me. The clock is sometimes my best friend when it comes to food. On busy days, I don't realize that I haven't eaten in 12 hours because I worked through lunch and I'm still working. Looking up and going, "Oh, it's mealtime. I guess I should be hungry." And then being told "No, don't eat just because it's time to" with this article... yeah, I think this should be 9, and let's drop the clock. Or mention eating smaller at meals if your aren't hungry.


8/21/2013 2:03:03 PM

This article article is incredibly short-sighted, & is disturbing to someone familiar with eating disorders. Eating when you're not hungry is sometimes necessary. I have chronic hypoglycemia (not diabetes related) & if I only eat when I'm hungry, I could easily pass out from low blood sugar, and constant lows wreck one's metabolism. If I truly want to lose weight, I have to eat when I'm not hungry.


7/22/2013 10:01:17 AM

FREEOAK1's SparkPage
Oh, I forgot! I eat slower and better while watching TV. Yup! I do not eat during commercials. I put all the flatware down. I eat slower during the actual program to last until the next commercial.


7/22/2013 9:55:38 AM

FREEOAK1's SparkPage
Hi everyone: I have the emotional eating problem and the time of day problem. 2 PM and 6 or 7 PM are problem times for me. As for exercise, I cannot do floor exercises. Against DR's orders.


7/14/2013 8:08:19 PM

Moomshine is correct that diabetics need to eat at certain times even if they aren't hungry. My hunger and my blood sugar level do not always coordinate and then I crash.


7/13/2013 8:57:30 PM

I never used to crave carbs, but in the last year, I have craved sugary foods and carbs even when I am not hungry. I have yet to determine whether it is hormonal or something else, but I don't want to become a diabetic so I need to figure out the problem. I am 43 and thinking it is hormone issues possibly. If anyone else has had the same issues with extreme cravings in their 40's, please leave a response. Thank you.


7/13/2013 4:52:32 PM

I need to link this page for the next time I'm upset about something. One thing worth mentioning, though, is that we diabetics need to eat every 3 - 4 hours, hungry or not. Theoretically, this should keep us from over-eating; but not so. We still can eat for all the above-mentioned wrong reasons. Thanks for the good Article. Since I've begun this program (5 months), I've had two emotional "episodes" - succumbed to one, but was able to quit without too much damage; the other, I toughed-out. Maybe next time, I'll have enough rational thought to come back to this article. 8-)


7/9/2013 8:26:38 PM

I've mostly ate out of boredom. I really have to watch myself that I don't go into the pantry, and grab something just because it's there and I'm bored. I'm starting to get better at this, by telling myself NO! I'm not hungry, stop grabbing food just because I'm bored or it's there. Sometimes it helps to say it out loud. (I only do this when I'm by myself). lol, but it seems to help.


7/2/2013 9:59:33 AM

JERICHO1991's SparkPage
This really hit home for me. I eat for all the reasons listed. I cannot remember the last time I was truly hungry. My main take away idea is to imagine myself eating a favorite food. I am definitely going to try that one.


6/28/2013 3:35:45 PM

LMSWIFT's SparkPage
There are some excellent strategies embedded in this article! Click on the links to learn more about how to avoid emotional eating!!


6/22/2013 11:24:10 PM

I started cutting down my calories 2 months ago. I overate today for the first time in months (stress eating) and I feel just totally awful physically. :-(


5/21/2013 6:04:58 PM

...OR some of us grew up in poverty and understand the real value of food. Simply writing it off as "clean plate syndrome" does us a bit of a disservice. If you've every actually gone hungry, truly hungry, with no idea where your next meal is coming from, the thought of letting food go to waste is more than a little disturbing.


5/21/2013 4:47:25 PM

AEROFLOT57's SparkPage
I do only eat when I'm hungry; unfortunately, I feel hungry almost all the time. I wake up hungry; a few hours after breakfast I'm hungry again, I'm hungry at lunch, and then again a few hours later, and then at dinner time I'm starving again. I wish someone could come up with a way to turn off that hunger--no one ever addresses the fact that when I cut down on foods, I feel like I'm starving all the time. My stomach growls, and I get a headache if I'm stuck in a meeting an hour past lunch time. Now my husband never gets hungry--he goes all day without eating sometimes, and only eats at night. I wish I could forget to eat! How can I turn the hunger pangs off? I'm so sick of people telling me to only eat when I'm hungry, If I actually ate only when I was hungry, I'd weigh a ton! The only thing that's ever worked is the Atkins diet, or taking Dexatrim (back when it had ephedrine), to get rid of the hunger pangs, but I get tired of only eating protein and Ephedrine got taken off the market.


5/21/2013 4:31:04 PM

SONICB's SparkPage
Unfortunately, eating according to hunger cues doesn't work for everyone. If I only ate when I was hungry, I'd lose weight that I can't really afford to lose!

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