Episode 67 – Take Control of Your Non-Hungry Eating


Overeating is a major problem.

The solution to overeating might seem straightforward: 1/ Be disciplined or, 2/ Don’t eat so much.

But it’s not that simple—there are a lot of deep mental and physical factors that trigger the urge to overeat. With the right knowledge, you can prevent these urges and stop overeating once and for all. In this article you’ll learn about the common reasons for non-hungry eating that will make you fat and how to overcome them so you can be fit and healthy for the long term!

There are many underlying factors that cause you to crave food, even when your body doesn’t actually need it. Let’s have a look at them at how you can take control of your non-hungry eating.


1. Eating when you’re not hungry

Ever “felt” the urge to eat – even if you weren’t hungry? This may be the result of deep-rooted conditioning from your childhood. A classic example you may remember from your childhood was this classic line from your parents: “Finish your food because children in Africa and Asia are starving!” It’s this type of thought pattern may be the cause of your current eating behavior.

Other subconscious factors, such as the feeling of nostalgia for certain food (like mum’s cooking or grandma’s baking) can play a role as well. The key is to recognize your automatic unconscious habits and thought patterns and act consciously to replace them with new healthy habits.


Eliminate old beliefs!

  • To stop overeating, eliminate old beliefs. If you’re worried about wasting the food, save it for later, when you’re actually hungry. Or give it to someone who needs it.
  • If someone else is cooking and you don’t want to offend him or her by not finishing your food, it’s simple. Tell them that you’re not very hungry and kindly request a smaller portion, or better yet, serve yourself.
  • “Listen” to your body


2. Stress eating

When you feel stressed you might also be conditioned to eat for comfort to help you to “feel good.” The key is to, replace this reactive habit with a non-food based healthy habit. Try meditating, running, or even listening to your favorite song, rather than going to the kitchen. These non-food based healthy habits will make you “feel good” without the added calories.


Stress-less tip:

Reduce stress by practicing a daily meditation ritual, such as breathing meditation, mindfulness, visual imagery or guided meditation. This will not only help you stop overeating, but will also create “space” for positive improvements in your life. Additionally, try to minimize or eliminate things that cause unnecessary stress in your life.


3. Empty eating

Subconsciously your body is “craving” the nutrients it needs. When you crave certain foods, this is basically your body telling you that you need specific nutrients that a food item contains. And so, when you eat them, you can put yourself in a position to feel genuinely satisfied – often resulting in less caloric consumption.

However, if it’s only getting empty calories, then it will keep sending out hunger signals making it highly likely you’ll to overeat without ever getting satisfied.


Hot tip: Count satisfaction over calories


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