I’ve been having this problem lately, and I’m hoping some of you can relate. I’ve been counting calories now for about 7 weeks and everything was going really smoothly. But this week has been really hard. I have noticed that all I think about all day long is food. I’ve been having really intense cravings for fatty foods. I sit at work, staring out the window and fantasize about burgers. I haven’t yet strayed from the diet. I haven’t yet left work in a hurry and gone to the closest burger joint, so I think that’s a win. But I’m still having the problem. I have an insatiable appetite. But the weird thing is, I’m not actually hungry. I just want to eat.
These feelings are probably leftover from past habits where I might actually go home from work and eat 1,000 calories of snacks before dinner. My stomach capacity has decreased to the point where I can’t physically eat as much as I could before. I can’t eat past when I hit the full point anymore. Don’t get me wrong, this is a wonderful thing, and is definitely helping me sustain my lesser calorie diet, but it makes craving food all the time really annoying because I can’t satisfy them because I can’t eat!
Knowing the difference between being hungry and being bored is something I’ve always struggled with. At work, I have a constant stream of tasks to work on, but they rarely require my entire brain capacity, so at least half of my brain is always planning my next snack. How do I flip off this switch? How do I get my body to accept the salad and move on to thinking about other things? My willpower is strong, but I don’t know how much more of these cravings I can take before I go out and eat a whole pizza! Help! Any advice is greatly appreciated.