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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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  • I find the advice of don't eat just because it's time or onlyeat when you are hungry to be non-starters in my house. The 3 year old is clearly the one in charge of when we all eat. Not cooking just because I am not hungry is just not realistic. The toddler may be hungry because her metabolism is a totally different system then the adults in the house. If I listened only to my body, we would eat an hour later but the tantrums that would result would be a heavy source of stress, and if I wait an hour, I might not be able to sit down and eat until after she goes to bed by which time I would be starving. So I eat earlier than I want, and then find myself hungry at 9pm. I pray she will be able to eat a little later soon but it just doesn't work right now. - 5/9/2016 1:20:56 PM
  • Okay, there is a comment here that makes no sense. Why in the world would someone who has "never been overweight", exercises regularly and is seemingly healthy be commenting on a Sparkpeople message board?
    Sounds like a troll to me. How about we just honestly support each other with ideas that work for us and stop trying to be smarter than the room. - 4/14/2016 9:11:37 PM
  • My experience with Food Pushers. I usually just say, "I will eat it later" or "Not now". Some pushers get really offended and hurt if you refuse so I take it, thank them then throw it away in private.

    Years ago I was offered a beer at a bar as I was delivering linen. So I just took it and poured it out in the alley. I couldn't do my job or drive if I were drinking. But the pushers don't think of that. - 4/14/2016 12:38:57 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    We eat when not hungry because it tastes better than any diet food!! That's the real reason! Trust me.... - 4/14/2016 10:24:05 AM
  • Also, sometimes I've released I eat when I'm thirsty. I know that sounds odd, but reaching for water first has helped me lost weight. I realize my body needs something, and I automatically reach for food. More water!! - 4/14/2016 8:22:59 AM
  • Terrific article, lucidly put. Thanks. I've pinned it to refer to in future. - 4/9/2016 12:53:04 AM
  • Good article, I need to re-read it often. - 3/29/2016 11:00:59 AM
  • I also learned some hunger pangs are actual thirst. That wasn't listed. Sometimes drink some water or other calorie free drink (8 oz, not a sip) wait 5 minutes and if your still hungry, your hungry. - 1/23/2016 3:23:54 PM
  • I eat to prevent low blood sugar which is rather scary. When I go out I usually take a high protein snack for emergencies. - 12/16/2015 7:19:03 PM
  • BUDBUDDHA
    Unfortunately, I eat many times when I'm not hungry because many foods are delicious and I like to eat. Most people stop eating when they are full, but I love the taste and don't want to stop. For me, it's a battle. - 12/8/2015 10:12:45 PM
  • This article doesn't consider things like work/school schedules. I don't get to just eat when I'm hungry - I have to adhere to a specific schedule. I go to school full time and work part time. If I don't eat when I have a break (regardless of whether or not I'm hungry at the time), I don't get to eat again until I get home and that's going far too long without eating and causes meals to be skipped. - 12/8/2015 9:55:06 AM
  • ETHELMERZ
    After awhile, a lot of these comments are baloney, people won't stick to what they say here because it's boring and tastes awful....truth!! - 12/8/2015 4:23:47 AM
  • I would say don't get off wheat, sugar, meat, dairy (unless you are allergic) but practice awareness and moderation. I can not imagine my life without freshly baked bread with butter or a cup of yogurt. I have never been overweight in my life, and never will be, because the first thing in the morning I do is yoga, then run, then shower and then eat breakfast. I don't count steps I took each day or miles I walked, I ENJOY being outdoors and moving. That is a great way to stop yourself from overeating. - 12/8/2015 2:21:30 AM
  • The main reason people eat when they are not really hungry is because they are filling themselves with "healthy" whole grains, specifically wheat, which has addictive opiate-like properties. The more you eat, the more you want. Get off the wheat and use lots of healthy fats and you won't eata unless you are truly hungry. - 11/6/2015 11:10:01 AM
  • very good informative ofal. - 10/3/2015 1:28:51 PM

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