I need to stop secret eating


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?


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.