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10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry

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  • DADKAJ
    'Because the food is there' - I have a simple trick to cooperate: It is not for me. Full stop. Well brought up people do not take food of other people, do they? Even when they are craving it. It can be the thirst, or other reasons for craving... proteins help to fight physiological reasons for craving for something. I have bought few packs of muesli bars of several sorts - aimed to eat them as snacks when on the go. Then my low-carb trial came along and those bars will probably age there and will be thrown away after several months. What a waste, but I said to myself: they are not there for me. So taboo. Simple! In addition, I have learned to recognize the emptiness of their sweet calories. I do not enjoy them anymore... Fruits, vegetables, fermented dairy, greens... that is what I like to eat.
  • 1105GRACIE
    Whoever wrote the article probably never had an eating issue. Sometimes you do things without a thought! If you could be that rational chances are you wouldn't have a food problem in the first place.
  • LUANAALGER
    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
    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • I suffer from all 10 of these!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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
    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!
  • 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.

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