Ah, overeating. We've all been there. You're at a party, or out to dinner with friends, and before you know it...you've overeaten. A crime of passion it is! Or maybe you're just stressed and turn to food for comfort (we get it, don't worry). Whatever the reason, overeating is a bad habit that can lead to weight gain (no surprises there).
Overeating is a common problem, but it's one that can be solved. If you're having your "Please, sir, may I have some more please?" moment a bit too frequently, then take a look at these 7 ways to kick the bad habit of overeating for good.
#1 Avoid overeating processed food
Be mindful of what you're eating! This means being aware of both the quantity and quality of food you're consuming. If you're overeating processed food (think chips, crackers, cookies, cake), then it's time to cut back and focus on eating whole foods that are nutritious and filling. The term "eat healthy" is a bit generic, we agree, but it's a great starting point.
The key to eating healthy is making sure your diet is balanced. You need a mix of complex carbs, lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber-rich foods to feel satisfied and prevent overeating. You also need vitamins and other nutrients. When you have a healthy meal or snack instead of processed food, you're less likely to overeat because your body feels nourished.
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#2 Pack those proteins
We've mentioned this previously, but really do make sure you're getting enough protein. Protein is essential for weight loss and feeling full. When you overeat, chances are you're overeating carbs and not enough protein. This means you'll be hungry again sooner and more likely to overeat later on.
If you make an effort to include more protein in your diet, then you'll find it's easier to control your portions and overeating will become a thing of the past. Protein-rich foods include meat, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, and nuts. You can also get protein from veggies like broccoli, peas, brussels sprouts, spinach, and kale.
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#3 Try intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting is a popular weight loss method, but it can also help to prevent overeating. When you fast intermittently, you eat all your meals (which should be healthy, by the way) within an 8-hour window and fast for the remaining 16 hours. This doesn't mean you have to go without food altogether during the fasting period, but rather that you're consuming all your calories within a set timeframe.
Intermittent fasting can help to control overeating because you're more mindful of when you're eating and how much food you're consuming. Plus, when you have fewer hours to eat, you're more likely to make healthier choices and avoid overeating simply because there's less time to do so. Bye-bye snack belly!
#4 Listen to your body
Pay attention to your hunger cues. This means learning to listen to your body when it's telling you that you're hungry and when you're full. It can be easy to overeat if you're not paying attention, so make a conscious effort to really savor your food and eat slowly. Even if you're watching something gripping on Netflix, put down your fork or spoon in between bites to ensure you're not overeating. Make your meal last a while.
Pro Tip: Stop eating a bit before you feel full and not after. We'll make it easier for you: stop eating when you feel 80% full. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you're no longer hungry. So, if you overeat and then feel stuffed afterwards, it's because you've already overeaten by the time you felt full! Additionally, for proper portion control, stick to smaller plates, glasses, and bowls.
#5 Stay hydrated
It really does seem as though water is the solution to all problems! Seriously, though, it's important to stay hydrated. Dehydration can sometimes be mistaken for hunger, so make sure you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
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#6 Keep moving
Movement is important! Staying active is essential! We're not saying you have to go run a marathon, but even just going for a brisk walk can help. Exercise helps to regulate your hunger hormones and can prevent overeating. It not only helps you to lose weight but also reduces stress levels (which are often the main reason for overeating, since an increase in cortisol levels results in an increase in appetite).
Pro Tip: It's important to have a post workout routine so that your body can relax and recover after burning all those calories.
#7 Try detox teas
Detox teas are a great way to help curb overeating. For example, our refreshing and laxative-free detox teas are made with herbs, superfruits, probiotics, and vital nutrients that work together to cleanse and tone up the body, while also reducing bloating and water retention.
Drinking detox teas regularly can improve digestion, reduce bloating, boost immunity, allow for better sleep, and burn unwanted fat when paired with healthy eating habits and proper exercise! To get started, take a look at our cult favorite 28 Day Teatox.
If you're struggling with overeating, then these tips should help you to kick the bad habit. Remember, it takes time to change your eating habits, so be patient and consistent for the best results. Soon enough, you'll be on your way to a fitter body and a better relationship with food. All the best, babes!
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