Sometimes you may eat because you’re anxious, sad, or angry. This is known as emotional eating. It’s a way of controlling something in your life when other things seem out of control. But if you’re trying to lose weight, this kind of eating can make weight loss harder. So how can you tell the difference between emotional hunger and actual hunger? Watch for the signs. Physical hunger is something you feel in your stomach. It can also cause you to be irritable and maybe even give you a headache. And physical hunger goes away after you’ve eaten.