Food is fuel. But because it’s pleasurable, it is tempting to eat even at times when you’re not hungry. For instance, you may eat just to enjoy the taste of a favorite dessert. Or you may turn to food for comfort in times of stress. Sometimes food can even be a distraction when you are bored. But when you’re trying to maintain or lose weight, it’s best to try to eat only when you feel hungry. That can help you avoid eating too much and consuming too many calories.