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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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  • ETHELMERZ
    I'm "responsible", but also human, easier to scold during those times when you do it, but it doesn't last forever! Look at statistics. The "thrill is gone", and then we have to struggle to get that feeling that boring salads are good again. - 5/17/2015 8:13:47 AM
  • TOWERS2000
    ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE?

    If the food isn't there you can't eat it. Don't let "stuff" into your house to tempt you in the first place. I clean my house (sometimes too much , but that another story) to get rid of germs & surface dirt for health reasons. Clean out your fridge. Clean up your shopping list.

    I reconsider what I put into my shopping cart just before checking out. Consider removing ALL items that are self-destructive. Remember, if it isn't there you can't eat it.

    It is written "Drink Responsibly" so consider "Shop Responsibly" - 5/17/2015 4:05:55 AM
  • I just love to eat! I love the taste of food. Lately I have been making HUGE salads with spinach, celery, radish, cucumbers, onions, etc. It really fills me up and does not have a lot of calories. I'm learning not to want the bagels, breads, pasta, and found that I can eat within reason, but it's still tough sometimes.... - 5/16/2015 6:04:41 PM
  • Oh boy am I ever a boredom eater!?!?! That has probably been the hardest habit to break!! - 5/16/2015 5:09:59 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    But, I DO feel better after eating something, same as any druggee, so, that's why even knowing the reasons and triggers, we over eaters still do it, statistics don't lie. Start a diet, stop a diet, over and over. Healthy food does not satisfy as well is the reason, no satisfaction factor! Some expert needs to admit this!! - 5/16/2015 8:24:38 AM
  • It is very important to realize all the triggers, or hot buttons, that get pushed for us to respond by eating when it really is not wise. No one can eating anything in whatever amount at anytime and survive.

    If we know ourselves well enough, we learn to use the times our button(s) get pushed and we can intentionally do something else. Including drinking some water. Many people confuse thirst for hunger.

    Know thyself, is not just good advice. It's a treat! Why? Because you are actually an interesting person to know. Did you consider that?

    Peace! Out... - 5/3/2015 10:40:33 PM
  • The article covers the usual reasons most people eat when not hungry but fails to address eating disorders. People with BED and Bulimia get overwhelming feelings of hunger and compulsions to eat which are NOT always linked to any of the reasons listed. Your brain may be sending out the faulty messages, and it may have nothing to do with environmental or emotional factors. - 9/28/2014 10:51:28 AM
  • Great article- I do every one of those things! Very good reminder why the extra calories add up...and up. The strongest one for me is because food is just there. - 9/26/2014 4:48:50 PM
  • I wonder if imagining having eaten something really registers as having eaten. I assume this only works when not hungry. Sometimes I think about past things I have eaten and ask if I had long term satisfaction. If the answer is no then I ask why a bag of chips will be more satisfying this time. - 9/25/2014 8:51:56 AM
  • I have a big problem with the "in plain sight" topic, I don't buy the crap, I can say no at the store, but unfortunately I am staying with my parents and they buy the stuff, and even if it is put away, it still calls to me O_O - 8/7/2014 11:32:01 AM
  • Biggest trick of all: Get your mind OFF the food. Now. Do whatever it takes. Don't fight it. Look away instantly and get away from it if possible. Tell yourself that you'll go ahead and indulge if you still want it in 15 minutes. In 15 minutes you'll either have beaten it or you'll indulge in a smaller amount.

    I'd sure like to see that research about imagining eating it helping avoid it. That sounds like pure horse hockey to me. Personally I know of NO better way to ensure I'll give in to any temptation than by imagining I'm giving in. That's stupid. - 7/30/2014 12:12:38 AM
  • I need to memorize every word of this! - 7/21/2014 7:34:06 AM
  • NSHEATHER
    I find that I eat when I am in fact thirsty. I like the idea of keeping a journal to judge the triggers. Hats off to those Spark followers who have never had a problem. I envy you! You don't realize how fortunate you are to not struggle with over eating or grazing. - 5/26/2014 8:33:02 PM
  • Excellent article. As it should be though, a short article is not going to explore in any depth certain things… like lack of sleep under the tired category. “Lack of sleep, tend to eat”. It’s Allergy season and that means I have trouble sleeping. Toward the end of the day, I am hungry, irritable, groggy… and I eat what’s there. I have not found a decent solution for getting my sleep during allergy season… tried many things, but always, the same issues keep me awake. Got to get my sleep!

    - 5/26/2014 12:03:00 PM
  • ELAINEINTOKYO
    I suggest reading Fat Chance by Lustig. You may indeed eat for all these reasons, but you may have out of whack hormones. You may be Leptin resistant, which keeps you from feeling sated and it is not rare. I often don't understand why I eat sometimes in the same situation. I have never believed I only eat for emotional reasons or because it's there. But if it's there I will sometimes eat it. It may be time to take control, but you may not be in control for reasons that many in the diet industry don't want you to understand. we still live in a blame the victim society when it comes to weight - 5/26/2014 7:45:35 AM

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