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How to Put an End to Damaging Overeating Habits

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most of us overeat from time to time. We might do it on a holiday or special occasion. We might do it when it's our favorite meal. It's a normal part of life and food. But for some of us, overeating is more than an occasional problem, it's a habit. And when overeating is a habit, it can cause big problems for our health. Luckily, breaking the overeating habit isn't as hard as you imagined. If you need a little help ending overeating and keeping your weight and health under control, take a look at these little tips to get you started.

Set Portion Limits

Most of us eat portions that are way too big. We don't really mean to -- we're just used to it. Proper portion sizes are generally much smaller than we expect. So how do we get our portions under control? We start by cutting any any and all second helpings. Chances that you actually need that second helping is incredibly slim. Once you cut out all  second helpings, focus on making your portion sizes just a bit smaller. You can use a measuring device or a food scale if necessary, or you can simply cut back a little over time until your portions are more appropriately sized. 

Give Yourself Time Restraints

Sometimes one of the most helpful things you can do is to give yourself an eating window. You won't eat before a certain hour in the morning, and you won't eat after a certain hour in the evening. This limits the amount of time you're allowed to eat, which can significantly lower the amount of food that you consume every day. It's the same concept as intermittent fasting (look it up!), but you don't have to be quite as restrictive. Cut back slowly, and your eating habits will slowly come under control. 

Count Calories

Another approach to cutting back on food consumption is to simply count your calories. This takes some time and dedication, but it works. You'll set a calorie goal, and then adjust your daily menu to fit within the parameters. Though this can feel tedious to some, it's an approach that keeps careful track and helps control your overall consumption.

Getting an overeating habit under control can be hard. It definitely takes some personal dedication and consistency. But it promises big rewards! Use these tips to stop your overeating, and you'll be on your way to a lower weight and better health in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Casa Grande, Ariz.

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