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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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  • 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
  • BLUEFAIRYTALE
    I've dealt with just about all of the ones on the list. The one that really hit home was how some people, like relatives or friends see you are on a diet and want you to eat when you go out with them, and also special times like holidays/ or simply if food is just free or a good deal. This article reminded me that just by keeping these all in mind knowing I have the power to say no, and paying to my actual hunger level are all keys to staying on track. - 9/2/2012 12:14:25 PM
  • In a restaurant when you pick the set menu, I used to feel i had to eat all the courses because 'they were paid for'. Now I only eat what i want to and leave the rest. The other night I ordered pudding and then took just one mouthful, that satisfied my need. - 9/2/2012 8:46:22 AM
  • I am subject to three of these: clean plate syndrome, "because it's there," and boredom. The former two I can overcome (although it's hard). The third, however, is different: my boredom comes from a crappy job, not from being bored. Allow me to explain.

    I have many things I enjoy doing, including not only the suggestions above but several other things, so I am never bored at home or on vacation. On the other hand, work is very tedious, there isn't enough of it, and the company I work for frowns on doing anything which isn't work-related. So my "boredom eating" doesn't happen at home, it happens at work, and I can't do a darned thing about it except not eat. - 9/2/2012 7:57:59 AM
  • Good article but two of the things that are mentioned don't work for me.
    Imagining eating the treat makes my "food monster" wake up, unless it's a treat I dislike, then the "imagining" works. Also, when people are trying to push junk food on you, they really don't care if you are trying to lose weight. What works is to just say no, and to believe in what you say. If somehow you end up having a plate forced into your hands, remember the garbage can. It is always there for you, and it will be your best friend if you need to get rid of that junk food plate. - 9/2/2012 7:21:28 AM
  • #11: Leftovers. I just recently discovered that open boxes and left-overs irritate me. So I eat them to clear them out. I try to break recipes down into individual serving sizes, but sometimes that's just not possible. Though tonight I fed 3 of my neighbors as well as myself. I still ate a little more than I should have, but only a little. Who knew a single fajita recipe would make so much? - 9/2/2012 1:56:12 AM
  • This article hits home for me. - 8/7/2012 7:09:21 AM
  • I hate it that I keep stuffing food into my mouth, I have been controlling my binge since I started spark people. Thanks you spark team for your great work in helping me. - 6/2/2012 12:10:27 PM
  • PATIENTSAM, I think you can hit the "save" button (it's on the left of the display), and that will store the article in your "Spark Favorites," which appear, I think, on the right side of the screen when you go to your "Spark Points" page. - 5/15/2012 11:07:51 PM
  • This is so good to see. Is there a way to bookmark it so I can come back to this again? - 5/15/2012 10:18:37 PM
  • I know I used to eat for emotional reasons, but then once I figured out what emotions were triggering the eating, I learned how to deal with the emotions rather then cover it up with food. I realized that when my husband would go to work at night, I would feel lonely and bored and I would eat! It is really mind over food, but I am not saying it is easy. It takes lots of support from your family and the friends I have here on Spark People! I love all of you! Also, my husband is very supportive. When he cooks which is often because he works nights and he wants to eat before he goes to work. He measures out my servings every time we eat! He is amazing! I am so thankful to God that I have a supportive husband when it comes to my health! - 5/15/2012 9:50:59 PM
  • ESABIN8
    its more like, food is too tasty!!!!! - 5/15/2012 7:41:08 PM

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