I need to stop secret eating


#1

Hi, new to this so sorry if there has already been something posted about this. I am really struggling to lose weight, and have done for a number of years. My problem has always been what I eat when I am on my own. I secret eat sooooo much. I would estimate around 700 - 1000 calories are day are eaten without anyone knowing. A lot of this is when I am in my car, I travel around 3 hours a day for work and cant pass a service station / fill up at the petrol station / nip to the supermarket without picking up an unhealthy snack / meal!
I have struggled with this for as long as I remember and have never been able to overcome this. I am relativity fit and active so I am 100% confident that if I can stop the secret eating, the weight will fall off. Has anyone else had this problem and what advice can you give for stopping?


#2

Start by logging all food and liquid that you consume in a food database like Fitbit or MyFitnessPal. Commit to this for at least a week to start with.

What gets measured, gets managed :+1:


#3

A familiar story. Steve’s advice above is probably the number one tip. If you log accurately you’ll be amazed how many calories you are consuming - Years ago I had a taste for Ginsters sausage rolls as most petrol stations sold them. Once I educated myself, I discovered that, at 600 calories, that was a large proportion of my daily calorie allowance - add in a packet of crisps and a prepacked sandwich and you are way past half in one shot.

I know of a couple of people who only use ‘pay at the pump’ pumps to fill up now to avoid the temptations you describe.

Secret eating also used to be a problem for me. I used to snack on the way home and then eat a ‘normal’ dinner so the family wouldn’t know I’d bought something out. I worked out that a lot of it was habitual and I wasn’t actually hungry, so that was another thing that needed sorting.

The other thing is to plan your day and take snacks with you - fruit, boiled eggs, whatever your thing is. If you aren’t into that sort of thing, there are lots of packets of crisps that come in under 100 calories - Wotsits, Quavers, Skips and Frazzles for example and some, like Space Raiders that are only 55 calories a pop. Handy if you get the munchies on the go.


#4

This is one of my main problems too, and when I secret eat I go some too! There are things I really miss and crave once I’m on a diet (mainly pastries/pastries and chocolate) my girlfriend is also on a diet and I don’t want to let her down as if I have a bad day she probably will so if I get a chance to sneaky eat I will and I make the most of it not even enjoying it after and I don’t know how to stop it.


#5

This is a hard one for me.

I use a calorie app now and I know I am bad at logging them. Sometimes it’s so secret you forget that you have even done it. Then when you do remember you feel awful for it.

I did it last night. 4 digestives, a packet of crisps and bread. This morning I got up and I logged them. Ruined yesterday. But we move on.

Petrol stations are the worst. Never good food - even grabbing a sandwich unless it’s a M n S or something then it’s going to be like 700 cal a sandwich.

Planning and logging are good. Having better foods prepped as well - it’s always easier to grab a biscuit than open the fridge cut up a carrot or something. Prepped proteins or veggies - ready to go in replace of the easy pick up junky type stuff.


#6

I am a secret or binge eater too. I think blood sugar levels are key here.

If I eat a decent amount of filling protein and fat I tend not to go mad. On those days when I eat more carbs & sweet foods and lower amounts of filling foods I am all over the place and am more likely to hit the biscuit tin at night or the Pound Shop when out and about, for a quick fix when no-one sees me.

Logic and calorie counting wont help me “in the moment” as I don’t feel I am thinking logically or really in control of myself. Planning to pre-empt the stupid state works better.


#8

this is one of the main problem, secret eating could manipulate day to day diet, and i want to stop it but i had super cravings of sweets specially pasteries and chocolates.