Why do you overeat? Here are a few likely reasons:
Habit: Whether you realize it or not, you eat in a learned pattern, rather than out of need. You clean your plate because that’s what your mother taught. You eat what is served without stopping to check if you are full.
Absentminded: You forget to pay attention to when you eat. Mindless munching while watching a movie, snacking while driving, or picking at food while cooking – these absentminded calories really add up.
Something Deeper: Sometimes you use food for recreation or to change your mood. These calories may lend you a temporary sense of comfort or pleasure, but ultimately your body suffers from the indulgence.
Here are 3 Steps To Overcome Overeating – read these, and apply them to your life.
Step #1: Pay Attention
Be aware of what and how much you eat. This simple concept will save you from hundreds upon hundreds of calories each week.
To apply this rule, don’t eat while your attention is distracted by another activity. Only put food in your mouth when you are hungry and conscious of it. This means turn off the T.V., get out of your car, and no matter what you do, don’t graze in the kitchen while cooking.
Step #2: Practice Balance
Be aware of the types of food that you eat during each meal, and make sure that it’s balanced. When you eat a balanced diet filled with lean protein, good quality carbohydrates and good fats your body will be satisfied and you’ll lose the urge to overeat.
This means you shouldn’t always eat carb-based meals, and you also shouldn’t always eat high-fat meals. Make a mental checklist of the food groups that you’ve eaten each day. Did you eat enough lean protein? Did you have plenty of vegetables? Have you had some fruit? This mental checklist will save you from making food decisions that you’d later regret.
Step #3: Be Tuned In
Your body will always tell you when its hunger has been satisfied – you have just gotten so good at ignoring the signs that you scoff down your meal so fast, once all that food hits your stomach, you can’t move and feel so stuffed. It’s time to take a deep breath and listen to your body.
An important part of being tuned in is to eat slowly. Once you start to pay attention you’ll notice a point when each bite becomes less and less satisfying. That is your body’s way of letting you know that you’ve had enough and that each continued bite is simply overkilling (yes, even if you’re only halfway through that plate of pasta).