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.