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Urge to eat when not hungry....does it ever go away?


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So I'm sitting here fighting the urge to go eat a peice of toast with nutella on it, as I'm not hungry.

 

I'm trying to teach myself to only eat when hungry, but have been failing slowly. Nah thats not true, I AM far better than I used to be, I guess I'm just wondering, does the urge go after enough resisting?

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Try lifting a fairly heavy (for you) weight for five minutes. It usually kills my hunger for awhile. If that doesn't work, go out! Window shop, take a drive! Orr... play a video game, do a crossword... knit! Try and distract yourself. =)

I think the urge does go away.  If your eating plan has enough calories in it and enough flexibility to allow splurges once in a while.  If you deny yourself too much and too often, then the cravings remain.  That is a gereralization of course, because everyone is different.  But that is what works for me.

I am kind of struggling with it myself. Worse is when I am studding. Urge haven't went away, so my "solution" was to develop some self control (very hard) and allow for occasional splurges. Also it helps that I buy high quality "splurge" food. Like I have some really good 72% chocolate in the lab. One piece, 73 calories, usually is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Compared to low quality Hershey stuff, which just leaves me hungry and wondering why I ate it.

UD

Sorry, I know this particular craving will go away, but like...if I force myself to only eat when hungry, (and then eat these things I want, but mainly healthily when I AM hungry) will I eventually stop getting cravings to eat when I'm not hungry, completly?

 

Thanks =) Don't think I was being very clear

No, you will not. It should become easier, but everyone goes through phases where their body goes "feeeed meeeeee..."; they just become less frequent.

When I get this feeling,

I drink a big glass of water and then stick in a piece of gum. The water fills my stomach up, and the gum keeps my mouth occupied. Definately gives me enough time to fight of the urge!!!!

 

I'm right there with you. One difference I've noticed which gives away whether or not I'm really hungry is what I say to the other half "I'm hungry" means I'm hungry, "I want such and such" means I want to eat. But I digress. I hope it gets easier I really do! I'm going over on my calories at the moment because I *want* to eat, but I'm hoping willpower will eventually curb it. And maybe some distractions. Seems to be much harder at work though. Much harder.

I like that glass of water and gum idea, though. Sounds good. Or there's the other option for going for a bit of fruit, or waiting 15 minutes and if you still want it, have a piece of fruit, wait 15 more minutes, if you still want it... well. Eat it or keep going with the 15 minutes.

I feel sometime that I am obcessing over what I am going to eat next!  I am in control now for almost 12 weeks............but I look forward to not constantly planning what I will next have the pleasure of consuming!  I am learning the difference between hunger and want which is a big step forward.........late coming but there!  Good luck!

By the way I have always done okay with not overeating when with people, it is when I am alone that I battle food.

when  i have those cravings i always find crystal light is really good. I always make mine with about 32oz of water and chug it down. I feel like i've ingested calories (something sweet) and its mainly water. I did it a lot in the beginning to get rid of those "urge to eat" feeling. Now i'm just satisfied with water.

 

I have the worst problem with this and I dont how to get rid of it either! I just run out to the kitchen and grab a small portion of it and try to savor it as long as I can, sigh.

 

I think we need to chew alot of gum.

 

I tried to drink Fuze slender to curb my appetite.. but fail. Hot tea usually does the trick for me or I just eat the snack and fill myself on it then skip the dinner lol ^^;; Like today I had a large lunch and had a huge craving for cereal for dinner. I know weird, but I ate like 3-4 bowls of cereal hahahaa. I just need a day where I'm eating the snack and alot of it because I'm tired of holding myself.

I've been resisting the urge to eat when I'm not hungry by:

Popping in an exercise DVD (sometimes I do like 3 different routines in a day!  But it feels so much better than bingeing, or eating when I'm not hungry)

Studying

Reading

Going for a walk

Cleaning house

Taking a shower

Not keeping junk food in the house

And sometimes I just wait for like 15 minutes and distract myself...if the urge is still there after 15, I eat half the portion of whatever I was craving.

And yes...I think once you realize the strength, resistance, and control you have, the urges and cravings will get easier and less frequent.  At least they did for me...

 

 

Original Post by umneydurak:

I am kind of struggling with it myself. Worse is when I am studding. Urge haven't went away, so my "solution" was to develop some self control (very hard) and allow for occasional splurges. Also it helps that I buy high quality "splurge" food. Like I have some really good 72% chocolate in the lab. One piece, 73 calories, usually is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Compared to low quality Hershey stuff, which just leaves me hungry and wondering why I ate it.

UD

 I second the good quality (albeit pricier) chocolate. I buy the Lindt 70% Cocoa Excellence and have 1 square. That really helps. Eat it real slow and savor it! :) You will definitely feel good after it.

I used to do the cheaper Hershey's type bars - but when I would eat one piece, I always craved another and another till I would eat most of it. The end result would induce the sugar sick feeling and make me feel terrible about it :(

But now I know better :)

A trick I picked up here on the CC site: Brush my teeth!! Smile

Earlier, I was a little skeptical if it would really work but having done that - it's great. Especially every night when I have the urge for dessert.
An added bonus to the trick - You've also brushed before bed!!!   Smile

First of all, hang in there!! I can totally relate.  I've been battling cravings/weight/food issues my whole life, and I just turned 35 last week!  My best advice is to dig deeper into "why" you think you are "hungry".  Sometimes we are legitimately hungry.  But for many of us with "food issues" we are only "mentally hungy".  In other words, we are "medicating" some emotion with food.  For me, if I was stressed or sad, I was much more likely to crave food.  Specifically, carbs were my drug of choice.  Now I do my best to journal, take a walk, or otherwise get distracted from my craving.  Also, sometimes I address the craving head on and figure out what I am really feeling.  Numbing out on food is due to avoiding painful memories or feelings for me.  Anyway, I wish you all the best.  Keep working on it, and keep posting.  The support you receive here will definitely help you.  It's the journey, not the destination!

Best wishes on your journey! Smile

A tip I taught my hubby:  Drink 32 oz of water when you "want to eat".   

Usually it's just thirst in disguise.

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