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So Hungry You Could Eat A Horse?

Hunger is one of those things that no one likes to feel. For me, hunger means biting off anyone's head (figuratively, of course) that gets in between food and me. But have you ever gone to the grocery store when you were starving and come home with a cart full of crap you would never typically buy?

Turns out that you're not going crazy when you find yourself lusting over food (perhaps chili cheese fries) that you would never find appetizing (you don't even like chili, cheese or even french fries) otherwise. In fact a new study has found that when we are especially hungry and presented with a range of menu choices, we are more likely to deviate from our favorite meal.

So, if you're going to be heading out to eat or to the grocery store, or even to a friend's house for dinner, do yourself (and your diet) a favor and don't go hungry. If you have a little something before, you may be more likely to make healthier decisions when it comes time to eating your actual meal.

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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I can go to the store hungry and still stick to my list. I'm not tempted at all, for whatever reason. My husband is NOT the same way...I took him to the store with me when he was hungry once and he tried to buy EVERYTHING in sight.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Blueidgrl is right.....those Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are soooo good. The cookies and cream ones are so awesome, my fav!!! Very low in calories and fat and i love them when i need that sugar fix.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Water is a great way to decrease your appetite. Most of the time we confuse hunger and dehydration. We think we are hungry, when in truth we are just really thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water when you start to feel hungry and then wait 10 minutes. You should feel fuller and the hunger pangs will go away. This works excellent!!!
Anais18 Anais18 9 years
LOL CaterpillarGirl! Last week was the Jewish Rosh HaShana (Our New Year) and of course I drank some wine... or, more than some... anywho, I ate lots of waffles and chocolate, that was a total binge :-D
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
My problem is when I drink, i will eat anything thats in front of me. Last weekend, I ate 6 huge warm gooey brownies.....and a half a bag of funyons. seriously thats nasty
bluiedgrl bluiedgrl 9 years
I try to shop right after lunch on Sunday. I let my kids pick out the snacks reminding them about healthy choices. They make great decisions for me! They love the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, and are real big on smoothies. My 5 year old likes Wasabi Almonds, and they like to pack do it yourself chicken tacos w/ whole wheat tortillas in their school lunch.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I'm guilty of this. :o I must remember to eat on time or bring light snacks around with me!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I will never go to Costco hungry again! Last time I did that I walked out with $300 worth of stuff!!! Sheesh... Oh, and I totally agree with Lily 314. Having a handful of almonds will quiet your tummy and you won't go overboard when you do eat. Love those almonds!
ma9321 ma9321 9 years
yea, you seem to want EVERYTHING!!!! I don't shop when i'm hungry anymore.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hahaha I remember the one time I went grocery shopping hungry...NEVER DO IT!!!!
lily314 lily314 9 years
* Not as a meal substitute, but as a before-meal / before-shopping snack that controls appetite.
lily314 lily314 9 years
A handful of nuts and a glass of water usually does the trick.
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
This happened to me the last time I was at the grocery store! I was FAMISHED and the store was having a grand re-opening, so there were samples left and right, and I didn't CARE what the food was, I took it. ...and I ended up walking out of the store with a bag of cookies(something I'd been craving for a while, but had resisted buying until that day.)
Anais18 Anais18 9 years
I couldn't agree more, Fit. and that tip is very helpful !
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