3 Ways to End the Overeating Habit
By Genevieve Cunningham
Food is so good. The taste, the smell, the satisfaction. Maybe it’s the deliciousness of food in our lives that actually leads to excessive weight gain. After all, we know we’re not necessarily hungry, but that piece of pie looks and tastes and smells so good! If this sounds like you, there might be hope for getting that overeating habit under control. And if you overeat, it’s almost guaranteed that managing your weight is important. To end overeating and still enjoy your diet and menu, take a look at these tips to get you moving in the right direction.
It Starts in the Mind
The first thing that you have to do is decide that you want to end the overeating habit. If you’re not committed in your mind, it’s not going to happen. Take a good look at your body and health. Are you happy? Do you have any goals that you would like to meet? Are you looking to make any significant changes? Answer these questions honestly. Sometimes assessing where we’re currently at helps us make good decisions and set new goals for the future.
Slow It Down … A Lot
Many who overeat simply eat too quickly. It takes a little bit of time for your brain and stomach to sync up. If you eat too quickly, your stomach will get too full before your brain gets the signal that it’s had enough. Instead, make it a point to eat very slowly. You can still taste a little of everything, but you’ll be doing so at a much slower pace. This allows your brain to get the signal to stop long before you’ve reached the overeating territory.
Find Something to Do
While we sometimes overeat because it tastes so good, other times it’s out of boredom. We don’t have anything to do, so we wander into the kitchen and open and close the refrigerator a million times. Sound familiar? The more we do this, the more likely we are to reach in and grab something to eat, even if you’re not necessarily hungry. Instead of allowing boredom to cause excessive food intake, give yourself something to do. Engage in a hobby, exercise, go out with friends. Just find something to occupy your mind and your hands so that eating becomes less appealing.
Overeating is a tough habit to break, but if you want better health, it’s also very important. Use these tips to help you break this bad habit. It might take some time and self-discipline, but the positive effects to your health and your life will be worth the effort.
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