Emotional Hunger vs Stomach Hunger

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Since beginning SparkPeople, I have noticed a difference between emotional hunger and stomach hunger. Emotional hunger to me, is just eating and eating, not paying attention to cues, until I get that overstuffed over full feeling. It is totally an awful feeling, but also a very comforting feeling. I am not sure what the overfull feeling means for me--safety, security maybe?

I do know since starting sparkpeople I have only had that feeling once! I have really begun to learn to stop at my planned meal point, then waiting to see what happens in my tummy. I have been surprised daily that I am not hungry after eating to my caloric limit.

But...now I am noticing the emotional hunger a little bit more. I have not acted on it so far, but this emotional hunger needs to be explored so I can overcome it. I feel this is one of the imperative things for me to overcome in my weight loss journey.

Emotional hunger leaves me feeling not quite full...not quite satisfied. But when I think, about it, I am not actually hungry...not stomach hungry. Hungry for what?? This is the question I need to answer.
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  • VCHEN461
    You are right about that. I am trying to break away from eating when I am under stress. It is so hard!!
    4606 days ago
    Just figuring out the difference is a big step. I used to eat past the point of fullness all the time--or eat when I wasn't hungry. I learned pretty quickly not to eat when I wasn't hungry, but I would still eat past the point of fullness. I was still losing weight because I was still staying my calorie range, but I knew it was something I had to break myself of. I've been working harder lately to really pay attention when I am eating and stop when I am full. Last night I think I finally had a breakthrough on this. I know it will take a while to make it a habit, but I'm confident I can do it.
    4620 days ago
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