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I can't stop eating!


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I don't know what is wrong with me!  For the past few weeks I have had an insatiable appetite - I can't make myself stop eating - I'm thinking about food all the time and planning what I'm going to eat days before hand.  Even when i'm not physically hungry, I want to eat.  Even if I just ate  - I want to eat something else - I have already gained a couple of pounds and I can't stop myself from this.  I know if I continue, I am really going to get fat.  I have been doing more exercise lately(jogging and calisthenics) and a friend told me that I jump-started my metabolism and that is why I am always hungry.  Will this go away? HOw can i control my apettite?

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If I feel like I'm STARVING and I know I'm not because I already ate, I look at how much water I've had. A lot of the time you may feel hungry if you're dehydrated. I upped my water intake by drinking tea and crystal light. I pretty much have to pee ALL the time, but it keeps me feeling full until my next meal.

I go through that every once in a while and can usually tie it to hormones and stress.  I agree with auralay, increase your water intake and in addition try taking a yoga class it is a different type of exersice and helps work the mind.

Thanks for your reply auralay!  Unfortunately, I think my problem is more psychological because i drink plenty of water and i'm not hungry in my stomach, i'm hungry in my head(if that makes sense) :Frown

I think you're right Donna  - i think it might be stress - I need to relax!!

I get like this all the time. It drives me batty... I obsess over food, and while it was fun in the beginning.. its not so fun anymore.  For me, it helps if I just keep myself busy.  Try to do chores I'd been putting off, or reading something, or just getting up and getting active. 

Original Post by cyn2298:

Thanks for your reply auralay!  Unfortunately, I think my problem is more psychological because i drink plenty of water and i'm not hungry in my stomach, i'm hungry in my head(if that makes sense) :Frown

 I get that way, too... honestly being on this site and reading posts keeps my mind occupied and my motivation up. Reading success stories and the motivation in the people on this site really helps

I posted about this in another thread and was going to post the same topic-maybe it is sprin fever. I have been doing fine up until about a week ago-and then all of a sudden RAVENOUS. I feel like a bottomless pit! I started spinning 2 weeks ago-I was fairly active before that-but I have increased my cals-so I shouldn't be so hungry?

Even yesterday-I just knew I was going to eat eat eat-I feel like pac-man--so I added in a 4 mile brisk walk later in the day after spinning in the morning.

Yesterday I tried, to to eat a full meal -larger than usual- because I was feeling like maybe I just graze too much and am never feeling full -that didn't work too well either.

Also I am reluctant to eat even more because it is ttom and I ate some salty stuff over the wknd and am retaining like 3 lbs of water!! (I hope its water-please!!!)

Anyway -I hear ya and just hope it passes soon! Maybe it is the new exercise ramping up my metabolism

are you bored? try picking up a book. It will get your mind off of the food. I know the feeling of always thinking about your meal plans for the week. or think more about your excercise routine. im always "hungry" when I get home from work so what I do before I make dinner I usually go on my pc and chat on the forums or I read whatever book Im working on at the time. Also there are my gym days that will get my mind off of food. get some orbitz too! chewing will satisfy the urge to eat. Good luck! and happy eatings!

it could be pms or something

i know that when im pmsing, i get a HUGE appetite and cant stop myself

and i even do the same thing you do, plan my meals, but it doesnt work, and i just eat and eat and eat, and i dont feel full so i think im still hungry!!!

Original Post by future214:

I posted about this in another thread and was going to post the same topic-maybe it is sprin fever. I have been doing fine up until about a week ago-and then all of a sudden RAVENOUS. I feel like a bottomless pit! 

I have been posting about the spring fever thing too!  I swear I have been in SUCH a weird mood in the last two weeks with eating and feeling extra bingey. I am finally feeling like I am over it though, I think the winter blues were really getting to me.  Anyways I agree that coming on this site and relating to other people about it has helped, you just have to snap yourself out of the funk!  It happens to everyone :)

I think you may have found your answer..you say you're thinking about food all the time. Can it be that you're too stressed, obsessing over making mistakes, and thus..setting yourself up for some sort of anxiety eating patterns?

You did say you don't feel physically hungry, so I'm guessing it's more emotional.

Too much stress never helped anyone, so I think the key is to relax, breathe, and take a look at things from a different angle once you're in a better state of mind.

You say you plan in advance..that's good, but we can't always know what our day will be like 3 days from now, so maybe you're planning too far in advance?

I will sometimes plan things out 1 day ahead, but usually it's more a matter of knowing where I'll be, and kind of automatically punching the usual foods into the log that I'm 80% sure I'll be having that day.

It's easy enough to delete entries and add different things if it changes, but of course I have my daily target firmly in mind, too.

I've lost all the weight I wanted to, and am sort of doing a gradual climb to maintenance calories, so that's taking a bit more thought and counting on my part.

Sometimes, things get busy, or I feel too stressed to eat, or life throws me a crap day, etc..by my count, I hardly ate yesterday, for example, so I hear you when it comes to not always sticking to the plan.

It can be difficult, confusing and just..blah..sometimes.

 

to jesszika: I tried this yesterday when I got home from work and I got alot of stuff done I had been putting off!  It was great - I didn't have time to think about food - i just drank water and lemonade when i had the urge to eat something. Thanks

Original Post by raychelc:

I think you may have found your answer..you say you're thinking about food all the time. Can it be that you're too stressed, obsessing over making mistakes, and thus..setting yourself up for some sort of anxiety eating patterns?

You did say you don't feel physically hungry, so I'm guessing it's more emotional.

Too much stress never helped anyone, so I think the key is to relax, breathe, and take a look at things from a different angle once you're in a better state of mind.

Hi raychelc - I think alot of what you said is true - i have been feeling down lately and maybe my mind is trying to substitute food for other things i dont want to face - or i'm just stressed and food comforts me - good insight

""" i'm not hungry in my stomach, i'm hungry in my head"""

I have had this problem my whole life...but just recently seemed to conquer (been on my diet for 8 days now, with great results).

If water isn't the answer, ive found the following to be true:  i basically had to starve myself for the first day, and after that small amounts of food satisfied me.  If the problem isn't physical, then I can only say that yes, self hate (hate of how fat I had become) contributed to my eating, at first...but after I REALLy got disgusted with myself, my motivation to get thin has increased.

So, small amounts of self-loathing might be bad...but LARGE amounts seem to be good for dieting.

My amateur opinion only, of course.

Good luck!


Mike

Another thing to try is to make it a GOAL to eat healthy meals for one week.  This means fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, etc.  No fatty and sugary foods that you don't need.. no junk food.  If you need to, break up your meals into "smaller" meals throughout the day so you don't get so hungry. 

See how you feel after doing this for a week.  I know that when I let myself slip into bad habits for a couple days, I'm much less motivated to start eating healthy again.  But when I get into the habit of eating healthy foods (frequently), I'm proud of myself, my body feels better, and I don't want to slip.

It's normal to want to eat and eat when you've made it a habit.  If you're eating all throughout the day (and unhealthy foods), your body expects it the next day.  You're getting used to eating and eating and eating.  Tone it down a notch- force yourself to get into a healthy eating routine.  And yes, exercise does boost your metabolism so you feel more hungry.  But instead of grabbing cookies after a jog, make yourself a healthy salad with protein. 

And continue to drink lots of water throughout your day.

i have been there and can only share my 'remedies'. hoep it helps:

  • distraction, especially withthings that involve my hands: knitting, writting letters, playing video games - whatever you like
  • make sure that when you eat, you do nothing but eat (no reading, music but other ppl is ok), slow done, have a little break. when the plate is empty dont jump up. basically take your time to enjoy your meal. food is more than just fuel to many of us
  • try stick out not snacking anything for 30 minutes after the meal (walk, chat on the phone etc) i find once you are done with that your mind is one something else and you are done
  • if you are sick of the winter and its grey where you live, try a sunbed. once in a blue moon it can give your body and soul a great boost

 

Those are fantastic ideas!  :)

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