What if I Never Feel Full?

What if I never feel full anymore?

Ever just keep on eating and eating because your body isn’t shouting at you and telling you that it’s full? Believe me, I’ve been there too!

Ever just keep on eating and eating because your body isn’t shouting at you and telling you that it’s full? Find out WHY you never feel full anymore and then learn what you can do about it!

I have to share something with you. One of the most common questions I get in my inbox is this:

“What if I just can’t stop eating? I never feel full, and I think I could just keep piling the food in.”

There are many factors that could lead to us eating and eating without feeling full:

  • lack of desire to listen to your body
  • stress and emotional eating
  • years and years of ignoring hunger and satiation signals

Often, this all turns into those signals just not working the way they’re supposed to. This is a real issue and a major cause for why we’re having trouble stopping when we’re full.

I used to be one of those people too. My signals just didn’t work because I had ignored them for so long. I ignored the hunger ones, so my body stopped telling me anything. And at times I ignored the satisfied/full ones, so they stopped telling me too.

If you struggle with not being able to stop eating, it’s very possible that you’ve ignored these physical sensations one too many times that they just don’t work anymore. You probably aren’t sure how to even feel full anymore.

In a sense, maybe your body has said, “You know what, if she isn’t going to listen to the signals that I am full, I am just not going to tell her anymore, and she can fend for herself.” It has stopped sending you messages because you have stopped responding correctly.

So today, I really want to talk about how we can get you back to LISTENING to those signals and on the path to eating when, and only when, your body truly needs to eat.


1. Eat Without Distraction: No TV, computer, smart phone, e-reader, etc. Just you and your food. I know these days, it’s all about finding the time to get everything done in less time, so we’re often eating at our desks to work through lunch, or trying to fit in a tv show while eating dinner, or catching up on the latest facebook drama while snacking. Sounds pretty harmless, right?

Unfortunately, for someone who is trying to work on eating the right amount of food, distracted eating can be detrimental. You won’t be able to hear those physical signals your body is trying to tell you over all the chaos your mind is going through by processing tv, work, social media or whatever else you’ve got it working on.

It’s just impossible for your hunger signals to be heard through everything else that’s coming at you from every direction. I still struggle with putting my phone down and just focusing on eating the food, but I know that when I do take the time to eat… and JUST EAT… my body thanks me for actually allowing the signals to be heard.

I don't feel full when I eat and stop listening to my hunger signals. Slowing down and limiting distractions allows me to think and be present with my food.

2. Eat Slowly: This is another super important one. It takes your body a whole TWENTY MINUTES to realize it’s full. So if you eat a ton of food super fast, your body isn’t going to be able to tell you before you are way past the satisfied point.

So this is what I do. I take a bite, place my fork down, chew it completely, and take a drink of water. And repeat.

Every few bites I stop to mentally ask myself, “Are you really still hungry?” Often, my first thought is, “DUH, I’m still hungry, there’s food on my plate still!” So then I ask again. “No REALLY. Are you SURE you’re still hungry?” Listen carefully. Does your stomach still feel hollow? Is it still growling at you? Do you feel like you could stop and be okay with that decision?

Take your time with this. Learn to recognize your SATISFIED feeling, not your FULL feeling. You’ll only get to hear it if you eat slow.

It takes your body a whole TWENTY MINUTES to realize it’s full!

3. Eat The Foods You WANT To Eat: This is another big one. If you don’t like kale, then don’t eat it. Because if you try to feed yourself foods that you don’t really like, what’s gonna eventually happen? You’ll snap.

That’s right – the time will come when you’re sick of eating all the foods you think you’re supposed to be eating and then go crazy and eat all the foods that you actually wanted in the first place! If you would’ve just chosen what you wanted in the first place, eating slowly and without distraction, you would’ve been in a much better situation all around.

I hope this will help you learn to pay more attention to your body and it’s physical needs. Remember that it’s often a mind game. Once your mind is more in sync with your body and it’s needs, life tends to become a bit easier.

Do you think this will help you? Do you find yourself forgetting to do these things during meal time?


  1. says

    Now this is definitely food for thought. My diet has been atrocious over the past few months – constantly working, not much time to eat and when I do eat, it’s a LOT and not great stuff. I can devour a pizza or box of chicken no problem without my tummy even grumbling.

    Nice tip with the 80% rule. I’m fed up with my eating habits now and am craving fruit and vegetables by the bucket load – although I think I’ll need to train my body again so that it knows when I’m full because right now, that only happens if I eat until I burst.

    • Holly says

      Thanks for the comment Tom! You’re right on when you say you’ve just been too busy to keep healthy eating habits. I know how easily life can just get in the way, but maybe a question to ask yourself, “how important is my health and my eating habits to me?” Maybe we should learn to make the necessary time to plan out some healthy meals.
      That is great that you’re craving fruits and veggies though! Maybe as soon as you get your produce home from the store, get them all washed and prepared. Maybe even divide them out into portion sizes so you aren’t over-eating. Yes, I Know it takes extra time, but it’s just a one time thing each time you buy your produce. Get it done and you’ll be set for the week!

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  3. Kate says

    I don’t know what’s going on w/ me. Over the past few weeks I haven’t felt full at all no matter how much I eat and I’ve been eating so much. I think I’ve gained about 3-5 lbs. Help?

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