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3 Surprising Reasons Why You're Overeating

By Genevieve Cunningham

Overeating is a bad habit. Most of us do it most of the time. We get a helping at dinner that is more than what we should be eating. We go back for seconds. We turn toward a snack multiple random times throughout the day. It’s tough to stop! But it becomes easier to break the habit if we understand why we’re doing it. We don’t do it because we want to gain weight, that’s for sure! So what’s the deal? If you’re guilty of consuming too many calories, take a look at these three surprising reasons why you may be overeating, followed by some advice for getting it under control.

You’re Stressed

Too much stress can really do a number on your body. You’ve probably heard that excessive stress can cause weight gain, which is absolutely true. But why? For starters, it increases cortisol -- the stress hormone -- in the body, which affects the way that we hold fat around the middle. But it can also cause us to overeat. When you combine these two -- a desire to eat more plus too much cortisol -- you have a recipe for weight gain that is hard to beat.

You’re Tired

A lack of sleep affects everything. It affects our ability to concentrate. It affects our energy levels. And it definitely affects our eating habits. When we lack sleep, our minds don’t function at their best, and this can unfortunately lead to erratic behavior -- such as overeating. Get your sleep habits under control, and it will be much easier to keep your eating habits under control as well.

You’re Bored

Many times when we reach for something to eat, we’re actually bored. We need something to do with our hands, and the food that we put in our mouths gives us temporary satisfaction. Though you may think that this doesn’t affect you, there’s a good chance that you spend at least some of your time boredom eating. To break this habit, you first have to be aware. Once you know that it’s happening, find a new habit to put in its place. Try drinking a glass of water. Try chewing sugar-free gum. Replace the eating habit with a healthier one, and you may be able to stop overeating and drop some weight.

Overeating is tough to break, but it’s definitely possible. Take a look at your life and your habits to see if these issues are a part of your overeating problem. If so, take action to get it under control. With a little patience and some small changes in your habits, you can turn your health and life around for the better in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Happy Valley, Ore.

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