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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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  • ...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 6:04:58 PM
  • 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 4:47:25 PM
  • 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! - 5/21/2013 4:31:04 PM
  • My body can't tell the difference between extreme hunger and the need to burp! Also, I have been known to overeat to stay awake... really dumb too. - 5/21/2013 4:04:41 PM
  • How about to procrastinate? "I need to vacuum, but I think I'll have a snack first". I am very guilty of eating in lieu of doing something I'm supposed to be getting done in order to put off the unpleasant task (at work and at home!) - 5/21/2013 3:45:50 PM
  • I don't eat leftovers...but then again I don't really have left overs. My husband and son consume everything and still ask for more. - 5/21/2013 2:21:25 PM
  • I am curious about the reason "Because the Clock Says So". The article seems to think this is a bad thing. However, I have read other information here on Spark People that says that if you wait to eat until you are hungry, then you end up consuming more calories than you would have had you eaten on time. The biggest example is people who skip breakfast. They claim they are not hungry, but studies say that you end up consuming more calories daily because you have skipped "the most important meal" Anyone have any thoughts on this. I am curious.

    Steven - 5/21/2013 12:31:28 PM
  • Great blog. I would have added - because you are dehydrated....Because you have a nutritional imbalance, because you drank a bunch of sweet drinks and now have a salt swing. - 5/21/2013 10:16:17 AM
  • i agree with this for the most part - however i have seen over and over the same members of families - brothers and sisters - cousins etc - eat the same foods , prepared in their homes and at least one out of several of those people will end up OVERWEIGHT - they are all active and conscious of their health.
    so genetics and personal metabolisms are still in play - the unfortunate CHUBBY member will have this problem all of their lives.
    they may keep it in check - but it will always be there - and they will always be 'fatter' or higher BMI all their lives. - 5/21/2013 9:53:35 AM
  • Interesting article....I am guilty of all of these, unfortunately. - 5/21/2013 9:38:22 AM
  • Amazing! This is the area that is my focus now on my "Getting to Healthy Journey". I realized this morning that I snack out of habit! For example, a little while ago I wanted a snack and automatically went to the snack machine at work. However, I told myself, no you will not eat these unhealthy snacks - self you had a great green smoothie this morning and now you want to eat junk...they dont go together. I did not have the snack out of the machine - instead I took out my orange I had brought from home. Packing a great filling lunch and great snacks is a must. I am exercising 4-5 days a week for 1 hour so I now much watch the mindless snacking. This article is confirmation. Thanks~ - 4/26/2013 11:49:16 AM
  • SAHODGES
    I don't know what to do about my problem. I fear getting hungry, so I eat at mealtime even if I am not hungry. I also eat very fast and clean my plate no matter the serving size. I cannot seam to let myself feel hungry. HELP - 4/18/2013 10:52:23 AM
  • CHOCOGRL
    Leftovers are one of my best weight-management friends! Often my leftovers from a meal are smaller than my original meal and I end up eating less in that meal without missing anything. Or I'll add extra salad at the side. If I feel hungry before going to bed, a cup of fruit tea cool enough that I can gulp fixes it. Just having it fill my mouth and swallowing big makes me feel like I've eaten that extra bedtime sandwich I used to eat. - 4/17/2013 12:05:37 AM
  • I am guilty of so many of these. My eating had also gotten so out of control that I didn't associate the feeling of being 'full' until I was tired, lethargic and miserable. When in truth, we are full as soon as we stop being hungry! It is still a struggle and I have to eat slower and drink more water with meals to compensate, but knowing is half the battle! - 4/16/2013 8:21:05 PM
  • Forgot to add "beacuse I love the taste". Even if I'm full, if my favourite food is up on offer, I eat it - 4/16/2013 5:01:25 PM

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