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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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  • Good tips, but it's also perfectly okay to throw food that is pushed on you to take home in the garbage (gasp!). Hey- if the giver of the food didn't want it around, why do you feel obligated to keep it? - 9/15/2012 11:39:27 AM
  • It is scary I can fit into most of these catagories - 9/15/2012 11:32:30 AM
  • FRAN100
    Sometimes when we think we are hungry we are really thirsty. Start first by drinking some water then wait and see how you feel - if you still feel hungry then eat but this delay allows you time to make a better decision. - 9/15/2012 9:12:54 AM
  • I would think that not eating is much worse than 'over eating'. I'm known for not eating breakfast and lunch and gorging on dinner because not eating causes me migraines and tiredness and then I suffer the next morning and the cycle starts over again. So I try for simple stuff like an apple at my desk so I can munch on that. It's not easy to eat when you aren't hungry, it's a habit to not eat as much as it's a habit to over eat. - 9/15/2012 9:03:52 AM
  • JOBABE1
    I totally agree with LP0380. I tried eating when I was hungry and I only ate my evening meal so I did'nt get all the nutrition I normally get from fruit and nuts. To compensate for this I would have to buy food supplements to get all th nutrition that I was missing out oTs dosen't sound right to me JOBABE - 9/15/2012 8:13:39 AM
  • What if you have been following what this article says by not eating just because the clock tells you to and it gets to "dinnertime" and you realize 1) because you were never hungry that day that you did not eat breakfast or lunch because you just weren't hungry at 8am or noon and 2) you aren't hungry again? That happens to me all the time. I force myself to eat dinner even when I'm not actually hungry because I haven't eaten anything all day. So what this article is saying is that I shouldn't do that??? That it is okay to not eat all day because eating, when I am not hungry, just because the clock tells you to is bad? I would think not eating at all would be worse for you than eating when you aren't really hungry. - 9/15/2012 7:55:28 AM
  • What if you have been following what this article says by not eating just because the clock tells you to and it gets to "dinnertime" and you realize 1) because you were never hungry that day that you did not eat breakfast or lunch because you just weren't hungry at 8am or noon and 2) you aren't hungry again? That happens to me all the time. I force myself to eat dinner even when I'm not actually hungry because I haven't eaten anything all day. So what this article is saying is that I shouldn't do that??? That it is okay to not eat all day because eating, when I am not hungry, just because the clock tells you to is bad? I would think not eating at all would be worse for you than eating when you aren't really hungry. - 9/15/2012 7:52:24 AM
  • SWATTS75
    thank you for this i do all these not at the same time but everyday one or more of these so now i feel some what " normal" that i may not be alone! and now i will listen more to my hunger and not to what is happening around me! - 9/15/2012 5:59:19 AM
  • Sometimes I eat when mostly I am just thirsty.
    Drinking water or herbal tea instead of eating quells the urge and keeps my mouth occupied! - 9/15/2012 2:37:12 AM
  • MARIANA1956
    I eat because I really can't tell when Im hungry. So I think I should be eating something. - 9/15/2012 2:19:49 AM
  • LORILESS
    I like to reward myself with food.I think it comes from childhood,be good and you can have icecream.I also let myself believe stress is relieved or better to deal with on a full stomach. - 9/3/2012 12:10:04 AM
  • Recognizing some of the reasons to eat listed, helps me to understand my eating habits. I am a grazer and would graze on high cal foods. My goal is to keep enough healthy substitutes (fruit and veg) available for when I feel the need to snack. My belief is that when one weighs up priorities and when I truly believe my priority is to lose weight then snacking inappropriately becomes a non issue. Weight loss is more important than filling my face. My biggest challenge is to keep it up long enough to lose weight and keep excess off. - 9/2/2012 11:11:53 PM
  • VINSAKE
    Great list. Apart from those mentioned, Ghrelin, Leptin and Insulin responses in your body may be major players in your ability to regulate your food intake.

    The solution to normalizing Ghrelin, Leptin and Insulin levels for me, was to eat a diet that emphasizes good fats and avoids blood sugar spikes. My new nutrition plan emphasizes healthy fats, lean meats and fresh vegetables, and restricts sugar in any form, starch and grains. This, combined with a regular exercise program, was my key to controlling when to eat when I am actually feeling hungry.
    - 9/2/2012 10:48:48 PM
  • I was going to add another reason but I see Spetry has mentioned it. I so often eat something and then realize I am really thirsty. - 9/2/2012 10:33:24 PM
  • I've got another sorta dumb one to add: I eat sometimes because I THINK I'm hungry, but really I just need to BURP! My silly stomach can't tell the difference or can't explain the difference correctly to my brain!!! - 9/2/2012 5:15:50 PM

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