The more you eat, the hungrier you get, right? Here are a few non-diet tips for people who can’t stop eating and never feel full no matter how much they eat.
I’m currently reading A Course In Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson. I’ll write a full article on her tips for weight loss soon, but for now here’s one of my favorite quotes: “Unhealthy eating is an act of self-hate. Overeating is a form of violence against yourself.”
Are you struggling to stop eating because you never full, or because there are emotional issues that are fueling your eating? A health condition may be affecting your satiety levels. If you know you aren’t eating for emotional reasons, see a doctor. These tips are inspired by a reader who says, “My problem is that I NEVER feel full, no matter what weight loss program I try or what my weight loss goals I set,” says B. on 5 Safe Weight Loss Programs. “It seems like eating makes me more hungry – and when I get started then I can’t stop. Do you have any tips for filling my belly?”
Yes, I have tips for when you never feel full…because I’m the same way. Well, I do get full, but sometimes I just can’t stop eating. For me, it’s nerves/anxiety/fear/self-doubt, mostly related to my writing career.
When You Never Feel Full
One of the best things I’ve ever learned about weight loss is to treat food as fuel for your body, as sustenance to help you get things done — whether you’re playing with your kids or finishing a report at work.
My husband is lean, partly because of genetics (the lucky dog). But, he also truly listens to what his body wants. Lean beef? Sugar and fat? Salt? Our bodies are wise, and they know what we need to eat, when, and how much.
Get plugged in – spiritually and emotionally
In A Course In Weight Loss, Williamson describes how to overcome over-eating and lose weight by enhancing your spiritual connection with God. If you fill your heart and soul spiritually, you’re less likely to eat for emotional reasons.
I am loving this book! It’s not a book of diet tips; it’s a book about becoming stronger spiritually and emotionally. This strength will help you stop eating – especially if you’re one of us over-eaters who never seem to feel full.
Develop a strong mind-body connection
In the Vancouver Sun this weekend, I read about a research study that shows that people who do yoga lose more weight than people who do other types of exercise, but don’t practice yoga. Why? Because yoga enhances the mind-body connection. It helps you figure out when you’re eating out of stress or anxiety, and when you need to eat for fuel and sustenance.
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The more in tune you are with your body – and the stronger your body gets – the less likely you are to fall into the trap of overeating.
Realize how “gi-normous” portion sizes are
Here’s a great non-diet tip from Jan, who has made several insightful comments on my weight loss articles:
“We have totally lost touch with ourselves in this super-sized portion world today,” says Jan in Three Things I Learned at Weight Watchers, on her weight loss blog. “You only have to look at the gi-normous, super-sized boxes of popcorn that are sold at movies accompanied by a super-sized soft drink….The trouble is, when we are served large portions, we tend to eat it all because we don’t want to ‘waste’ it. So another way of looking at this scenario is that if it goes onto your body as fat that too is ‘waste.’”
To lose weight, Jan says she had to learn portion control and being mindful of stopping when she was full. She had to re-learn how to eat, and had to get back in touch with what she really needed to eat.
Get external support and information about food, calories, etc.
Here’s another great non-dieting tip from Jan:
“I didn’t lose weight until I was over 50 and I did learn a great deal at Weight Watchers,” says Jan on my article How to Lose Weight When You Can’t Exercise or Hate to Sweat. “I went for 2 1/2 years and it got me over the love/hate relationship with food. It really changed my whole emotional and psychological thinking about food, which had become so skewed after 34 years of dieting.”
If you can’t stop eating and never feel full – or the more you eat, the hungrier you get – maybe there are other factors at work. Maybe you need to join a Weight Watchers group like Jan did, or maybe you need to talk to a nutritionist or dietitian.
Actually, maybe this should be the first tip for people who can’t stop eating and never feel full: go see a doctor! You may have health issues that are affecting your appetite and satiety (fullness).
For more healthy eating tips (not diet tips!), read How I Finally Lost the Last 20 Pounds After I Turned 40.
If you have any thoughts on how to stop eating when you don’t feel full, please comment below…
“We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.’ – John Lennon.