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10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry

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  • My body can't tell the difference between extreme hunger and the need to burp! Also, I have been known to overeat to stay awake... really dumb too.
  • How about to procrastinate? "I need to vacuum, but I think I'll have a snack first". I am very guilty of eating in lieu of doing something I'm supposed to be getting done in order to put off the unpleasant task (at work and at home!)
  • I don't eat leftovers...but then again I don't really have left overs. My husband and son consume everything and still ask for more.
  • I am curious about the reason "Because the Clock Says So". The article seems to think this is a bad thing. However, I have read other information here on Spark People that says that if you wait to eat until you are hungry, then you end up consuming more calories than you would have had you eaten on time. The biggest example is people who skip breakfast. They claim they are not hungry, but studies say that you end up consuming more calories daily because you have skipped "the most important meal" Anyone have any thoughts on this. I am curious.

  • Great blog. I would have added - because you are dehydrated....Because you have a nutritional imbalance, because you drank a bunch of sweet drinks and now have a salt swing.
  • i agree with this for the most part - however i have seen over and over the same members of families - brothers and sisters - cousins etc - eat the same foods , prepared in their homes and at least one out of several of those people will end up OVERWEIGHT - they are all active and conscious of their health.
    so genetics and personal metabolisms are still in play - the unfortunate CHUBBY member will have this problem all of their lives.
    they may keep it in check - but it will always be there - and they will always be 'fatter' or higher BMI all their lives.
  • Interesting article....I am guilty of all of these, unfortunately.
  • Amazing! This is the area that is my focus now on my "Getting to Healthy Journey". I realized this morning that I snack out of habit! For example, a little while ago I wanted a snack and automatically went to the snack machine at work. However, I told myself, no you will not eat these unhealthy snacks - self you had a great green smoothie this morning and now you want to eat junk...they dont go together. I did not have the snack out of the machine - instead I took out my orange I had brought from home. Packing a great filling lunch and great snacks is a must. I am exercising 4-5 days a week for 1 hour so I now much watch the mindless snacking. This article is confirmation. Thanks~
    I don't know what to do about my problem. I fear getting hungry, so I eat at mealtime even if I am not hungry. I also eat very fast and clean my plate no matter the serving size. I cannot seam to let myself feel hungry. HELP
    Leftovers are one of my best weight-management friends! Often my leftovers from a meal are smaller than my original meal and I end up eating less in that meal without missing anything. Or I'll add extra salad at the side. If I feel hungry before going to bed, a cup of fruit tea cool enough that I can gulp fixes it. Just having it fill my mouth and swallowing big makes me feel like I've eaten that extra bedtime sandwich I used to eat.
  • I am guilty of so many of these. My eating had also gotten so out of control that I didn't associate the feeling of being 'full' until I was tired, lethargic and miserable. When in truth, we are full as soon as we stop being hungry! It is still a struggle and I have to eat slower and drink more water with meals to compensate, but knowing is half the battle!
  • Forgot to add "beacuse I love the taste". Even if I'm full, if my favourite food is up on offer, I eat it
  • I've had those moments of weakness, buying those cookies (or whatever) that I KNOW I can't control myself around. Once they're at home, after allowing myself a serving or two, I try to find a moment of strength and THROW THEM AWAY!!! Even crunch them up and tell them "So there!" and throw them away. I know it's a waste of money, but better than a waste of my health and well being. This is very hard to do. Trust me. But worth it when I can.
  • The picture makes me want to eat!:)
  • Is a craving the same as hunger? In many senses, yes, it is. Eating because you are craving something is the TRUE #1 cause of eating when you're not really hungry, and they didn't even address it here.

    And what is the #1 cause of food cravings? All of you (us!) sugar-holics know! Low-nutrient, high-sugar, high-starch, highly-processed junk. If you can go cold turkey for a week or two and eat whole foods from the perimeter of the store - meat, dairy, produce, not bakery - your cravings will shrivel up and you will feel full for the first time in ages.

    All of these other causes have validity, but addressing them without addressing the main cause of non-hunger hunger is like putting on your makeup before you get your shower. Kinda pointless.

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