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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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  • 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
  • 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

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