No matter how committed you are to reaching your goals, it can be very hard not to overeat. You eat a healthy meal at home and suddenly a friend calls you to go out and before you know it you’re surrounded by loads of junk food.
You may not notice it, but you start overeating. Walking around the street or market, you see a local burger shop and before you know what’s happened you’ve forgotten all about your diet.
You need to control this habit of overeating to live a healthy life and reach your fitness goals. Many people struggle a lot to stop themselves from indulging in this habit but are not successful. If you are looking for an answer to how to stop overeating, keep on reading.
Set a Goal: Make a proper diet plan that you will follow. You can create a worksheet with the daily food items you will eat. Set a goal of the daily calories you need to reach and make sure you stay below it. Mark an ‘X’ for every successful day, then see how many you can string together!
Mind Your Emotions: Often overeating is not a matter of a lack of willpower, but a sign that you’re upset or even just bored. Dealing with these emotions by eating too much is a natural response and not something of which you should be ashamed. We’ve all been there.
You’ll even see people in movies turning to junk when they’re hurting. It seems funny, but it is true. We often turn to eating to forget about problems that were not caused by food. When you’re going through stressful times, turn to a trusted loved one rather than food.
Eat When You’re Not Hungry: If you eat when you are famished, you will eat more. Therefore, you should not wait until you have an empty stomach. The hungrier you are, the more quickly you will eat, thus leading to overeating.
Always eat at your normal meal times, even when you are not feeling too hungry. If you eat when you are not hungry, you will eat less and more slowly. This will stop you from overeating later in the day.
Drink More Water: Have you ever felt that if you have a glass or two of water while you are eating, you suddenly lose your appetite? Drinking water throughout the day will help you feel fuller, which will stop you from overeating. Drink a glass or two of water before each meal and it will help you stop overeating.
Always Eat Slowly: One of the best ways to stop excessive eating is to eat slowly. If you eat quickly, you will not give your brain enough time to realize that hunger has been satisfied and as a result, you will eat more.
Eating slowly helps your brain realize how much food you ate and signal you instantly when your tummy is full. Take time to chew your food properly and enjoy your meal and company.
Avoid Distractions: It is important to pay attention while eating. You must have seen many people who talk while eating and do not realize how much food they have consumed. By not paying attention to the food you eat, you consume more food than your body needs.
To make sure you stay aware of how much you are eating, do not eat while watching television. This way, your focus will only be on your meal and your companions.
Add Some Vinegar: Vinegar is a great food item that’s often overlooked. Why? It helps control hunger. Studies have proven that vinegar helps control and slow down the metabolic rate.
Add Some Cinnamon: Cinnamon is also a food item that helps control hunger. Usually when you eat, the stomach does not take too long to process the food and send it to the intestines, where it is regulated and processed. The cinnamon helps keep the food in the intestines longer.
Snack Between Meals: You should always have some small healthy snacks around to turn to if you get hungry between meals. Try keeping a small bottle of water and a low-cal trail mix or pretzel sticks in your purse. This way, you’ll have a safe option next time you’re out and need something to nibble on.