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10 Reasons You Eat When You’re Not Really Hungry

10reasonsnothungryWe’ve all done it, and sometimes we don’t even realize when it’s happening. Maybe you graze when you’re bored, or reach your hand into the office candy jar each time you pass by. Perhaps when you’re feeling sluggish in the afternoon, you head to the vending machine for a pick-me-up. All of these are opportunities to eat for reasons other than hunger. No matter why food calls your name, one thing rings true: We have all eaten something when not hungry. While that’s okay from time to time, too much eating without thinking can really hurt your weight-management goals. And depending on what you eat, it can hurt your health, too.

Take a look at these 10 situations that encourage you to eat when not hungry, plus tips to cope in a healthier way. —Erin

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  1. Lee Morgan says:

    Hi Erin,

    What a great article! I can identify with all these reasons, especially the social ones. If you’re among friends who are eating, you eat too. It’s almost like we unconsciously do so in order to “join” the circle, even if no one else is actively pressuring you to eat. Often, we bond by mirroring our friends’ actions, tastes, mannerisms, and so forth, so eating is really no different. Going to catch up over lunch? Obviously you’re going to eat something. It’s tough, but, as you mention, there’s definitely things you can do to avoid unnecessary eating in social situations.

    I would also recommend having something less sinful to keep your hands (and mouth) busy, like chewing gum, or drinking water. That way, if you’re tempted–or pressured–to consume something, you can politely decline with a believable reason. If your friends are noshing and you feel you should get something even though you’re only so-so hungry, grab a coffee or tea. Hot liquids fill you up, so you’ll be less tempted to pick at your friends’ food.
    The liquid-in-hand trick seems to work well in most social situations, including office functions, so make sure to palm that water bottle or coffee mug. Point being, if you’re already holding onto something, it’s harder for someone to physically force a slice of pie into your hands. You’ll also have something to keep you busy if you’re sitting down for a break with your snacking friends.

    Thanks again for the tips! Talk to you soon.

    Best,

    Lee