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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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  • MIKEJANDZ
    It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one that falls prey to many of the situations mentioned. - 12/13/2012 1:03:30 PM
  • After analyzing my snacking patterns, I realized that I'm more likely to eat when I'm tired. So now instead of heading to the kitchen, I take a nap if it's afternoon or go to bed early if it's evening. Anything to stay out of the kitchen. - 10/17/2012 11:37:48 AM
  • Yes CEGGLESTO, sometimes the food is just so darn yummy. I was hit by this and two other reasons tonight, huge Italian servings and an over zealous friend who just had to order Tiramisu... there's always tomorrow for a good long walk! - 10/6/2012 2:14:26 AM
  • They left out an important one: Because a food is really yummy! Sometimes I want to eat when I'm not hungry because some food is just so good I still want it even though I don't need it for nourishment. How else can we explain eating 3 helpings of a rarely available meal or treat? - 9/17/2012 7:02:16 PM
  • And sometimes I think I'm starving when, actually, I just need to burp! - 9/17/2012 1:15:23 PM
  • A lot of these situations are what I call "pedestrian" eating - a planned meal schedule is a great defense. - 9/16/2012 11:02:49 AM
  • Agree with JLP0380. I am the same way. I have days where I push myself to eat. Otherwise, I'd get nothing done. And the not eating has slowed down my metabolism and caused plenty of health problems. Guessing there is always an exception to the rule. - 9/15/2012 6:56:08 PM
  • CROWNSOFONE
    I have never been successful at finding someone to walk with, so the big change came for me when I prayed my Rosary while I walked. It was not long before I felt myself being pulled outside and being so happy to walk and talk with my God, and also praying the Rosary. I can't imagine a day without it now. - 9/15/2012 1:38:39 PM
  • I had the sleeve done so it's impossible for me to eat out of boredom or whatever other reason. (well I am sure it's possible but I am not a big fan of getting sick)

    I do notice once in awhile when I am leaving a social function that I am usually at 3 or 4 times a week that I think of stopping at McDonalds or Taco Bell etc for a late nite snack like I used to. Then I remember oh I can't so I usually stop at a gas station or mini mart and grab a bottle of water for the 40 mile drvie home (Not unusual to do in the Phx metro area)

    43 pounds down and only 15 more to my goal of 115. Size 16 (which were TIGHT but I refused to buy a size 18) down to an 8 that are starting to get baggy on me now. - 9/15/2012 12:40:43 PM
  • The one common issue missing in this article, is eating when we're actually thirsty. Thirst can sometimes feel like hunger. If I feel ready to hit the frig looking for a snack, I drink a glass of water first. If I do end up snacking, it usually helps me cut down on my porttion as well as makes me aware of what I'm eating. - 9/15/2012 12:25:24 PM
  • MOLEMOLEM
    You left out another important reason: Because you're thirsty. When I heard about this (that we sometimes think we're hungry when we are actually thirsty). I started getting a drink when I would feel hungry between meals. I discovered that it is true. So now, if I think I'm hungry, I get a drink, If the drink does not satisfy, I have a snack. - 9/15/2012 12:20:09 PM
  • 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

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