Does the urge to snack go away in time?

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April
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Does the urge to snack go away in time?

Post by April » Thu May 02, 2019 8:58 pm

Hello everyone, I'm sure something like this has been asked before, but I am just wondering what experiences you have had with the urge to snack between meals dissipating overtime or do they never really go away. I know this is mind over matter, or mind over food. Just wondering if it gets easier over time. I have never been much of a snacker, but now that I am following this plan it seems like I just crave what I can't have when I'm not supposed to have it.

I have been just letting it pass and not giving in, knowing that it will be fine, and/or switching my activity as this often happens when I am doing some type of office or mentally straining work instead of some type of physically active work. So getting up and moving around a little bit seems to help the urge go awayand I know it's all in my head! Even changing environment helps, like moving from my home office to my kitchen table, or walking outside to get the mail and chatting with the neighbor for a minute. Distraction seems to be the best medicine for me for now anyway. I know I'm not really needing anything I'm just wanting a little something. It's head hunger not tummy hunger. I am feeding myself well three times a day balanced meals mostly whole foods most of time which I know goes a long way in being satisfied between meals physically oh, it's the mentally that's the problem! Thanks in advance for your input!
April

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Re: Does the urge to snack go away in time?

Post by automatedeating » Fri May 03, 2019 1:43 am

I have very little urge to snack on MOST days. On some days, I still have those urges and have to apply willpower. If the urge is persistent, I have milk, coffee, tea, or a diet soda.
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8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1

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Re: Does the urge to snack go away in time?

Post by oolala53 » Tue May 07, 2019 10:34 pm

After several years in, in my case, I would say it comes and goes. Though when I was a working teacher, the urge to snack in the afternoons, in the hours between the end of classes and dinner that used to be the start of the sweets-eating that often went on until bedtime, just about never went away. It didn't happen, for the most part, when I was on break, so I think it was situational pairing. For a long time, I sipped a decaf mocha. Eventually, I just learned to outlast the urges and rejoice at dinner! Totally worth it.

I call the afternoon time the "witching hours, " even though they are in daylight! I read about other people feeling the same all over the net.

Then again, there are people here for whom it pretty much dissipates as a problem after awhile.

Anyway, I hope it won't derail you! When you think of your options, even some effort is probably better than reinforcing the giving-in habit and being sorry later.

Be sure you give yourself tons of credit for every time you don't give in to fake hunger! That's partly how your brain knows what you want.
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Re: Does the urge to snack go away in time?

Post by automatedeating » Sat May 11, 2019 4:00 pm

It never ceases to amaze me when I sit down for a great dinner, after thinking I was "so" hungry, and realize that I just need a normal amount of delicious food and the hunger is a distant memory that I wonder if I actually felt the hunger so strongly or if I only imagined it.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3; 8/14-24.5; 5/15-26.2; 1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6; 8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9; 3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8; 1/19-23.4; 2/19-22.7; 3/19-22.1

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