Why Do I Struggle To Stop Eating Even When I’m Satisfied? 

 March 26, 2019

By  jennifer@thinkingnutrition.co.nz

#fact – It’s a lot easier to STOP eating, when you know you can eat again next time you’re hungry.

But. If you’ve dieted for long periods, your body has learnt to ignore hunger. Your body thinks that hunger can’t always be fixed. Your body has learnt to deal with starvation. Your body has learnt that food is scarce. That food isn’t always around. That you can’t always eat what you want.

Your body has compiled a resume of food supply problems. And they are very real problems for your body.

So even though you’ve given up dieting for good, when you set that delicious meal down in front of your body… what does it want to do?

Eat. Eat and Eat. Because your body is saying to itself, “goodness knows when there’ll be food again, she might start another diet next week!”

So it ignores fullness. Ignores that you’re satisfied. “Get as much food as you can!” it screams as it pushes you to keep eating in preparation for the next upcoming famine (aka diet).

Your body, your subconscious, may not trust that food is now freely available.

Your Subconscious Mind Controls Many Of Your Actions

Did you know that about 95% of your brain activity is subconscious? In other words, you have no conscious knowledge of 95% of what your brain is thinking and doing. That means we’re not aware of most of the processes that actively shape our behaviour and therefore whether we reach our goals.

Setting goals happens in one part of the brain, BUT reaching goals happens because of the subconscious thoughts and patterns that drive our day to day behaviour.

So yes you might have decided to give up dieting for good, and have set a goal to become a happy and healthy intuitive eater. But your subconscious brain is working on a whole other set of instructions that include keeping you alive, if you start semi-starving yourself again (aka dieting).

How Can I Learn To Stop Eating When Full Then?

First and foremost – focus on feeding your hunger.

So, care for yourself like you would a small, innocent baby. Your body needs to be fed. It needs to know for sure that you’ve sworn off diets.

Because, basically the trust is broken at the moment. Like a broken relationship with a friend or partner, your body needs to build trust in you again. It needs to trust that you won’t diet again and try to starve it into submission.

To start with you might find it hard to hear your hunger cues, and to hear your fullness cues as well. But take the time to really listen to your body, and learn how to honour your hunger every time – so your body builds trust that food is available when it’s needed. With more experience you’ll start to notice the little changes happening.

And yes there can be a number of other reasons why you are struggling to stop eating when you’re full – but start first with this one: honouring your hunger. Because you need to have this one nailed down before you can begin to start healing anything else <3

Jennifer xo.

If you want to jump-start your appetite learning now – grab a copy of my FREE Appetite Tool PDF Pack below.

It’ll help you understand more about your hunger and fullness cues so you’ll be on the path to stop overeating sooner:




Hey, I’m Jennifer. I help women transform their relationship with food, their body and weight, so they can ditch the guilt and shame, and focus on more important stuff - like living a happy and healthy life!

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