Overeating is an easy thing to do but as easy as it is to pile your plate full of food it's also possible to get control of this act which is helping make millions of people across the world overweight and living a less
than fulfilling life!
Under eating has been widely analysed and discussed for many years with people like Karen Carpenter having been in the public eye. However, overeating is only just coming to light as being a very concerning
and current problem. If you want to change your relationship with food, you must first start by changing how you think about it!
To gain control and learn how to stop overeating it's a good idea to look at the process of hunger, eating
and your physical reactions to food.
Tips to Stop OvereatingHunger: When your stomach starts to rumble, this physical reaction is known as hunger. Ghrelin is
released when your stomach is empty, if you don't regulate your food intake, like when you eat, how much you eat and the type of foods you eat then your hormone levels can fluctuate which can lead to increased body weight.
Appetite: The meaning of this word is really desire and it means a desire to consume food or drink.
When your hormones aren't balanced, you may trigger the opposite effect of the hormone leptin which is meant to tell your body that you're full. But when your body produces low levels of leptin you don't get the message that you're full which can lead to overeating and increase in body fat.
Never skip a meal - If most people seeking a solution to overeating actually enjoy eating,
It's beyond me as to why so many people skip breakfast or any other meal! Skip a meal on a regular basis and you mess with your hormonal balance which can lead to very real problems in the long run.
Eating right - Eat foods that keep you feeling full the longest. Protein is highly important in keeping you feeling full, fiber from whole gains, fruit and vegetables.
Hydration - Stay well hydrated with natural liquids such as water, drink at least 2 litres a day, increase
this further depending on your exercise level. The need for hydration can often be mistaken for feelings of hunger, therefore it's wise to ensure you drink filtered water regularly throughout the day. It's proven to help you lose weight, flushes the toxins out and keeps you looking radiant and feeling alert!
Variety - Vary your food intake, try new recipes, eat a balanced diet and ensure you include protein
and complex carbs with every meal.
Portion control - Take portions off your plate and save half for the next day‟s lunch or save money and
time by freezing half of the portion. You can also eat off a smaller plate, if it doesn't fit on the plate then it won't go on your hips! If in company, eat a little of everything (chewing slowly) and let them know it was delicious but you are full and ask them if you can take the rest home as it was so tasty. Eat the rest for lunch the next day!
Take action towards distraction - If you keep making the same mindless decisions to eat, eat and eat some more then you'll keep getting the same results. In order to make changes in your life, you have to
take different actions. The best cure for this is distraction. Next time you start to feel hungry fairly soon
after you've eaten, distract yourself with something else (not smoking!). Call a friend, play a game, do the ironing, go for a walk, run a bath, do anything that will stop you from taking steps towards overeating and take steps toward positive change instead.
Your body is much like a car, if you don't steer it in the right direction you are going to crash!
If you don't take it for a regular service then it's going to break down. If you don't make sure you give it good grade oils, clean it regularly and give it regular screen wash then not only will it look bad but it will break down easily too.
You may feel like a run down VW van right now but take control of your overeating habits today and you will soon be driving a fast, sleek Porche in no time at all.
Stay fit, keep focused and feel fabulous!
Author, The Flat Stomach Solution