Ways to Prevent Overeating
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook when our eating gets out of control. Like many of us, you likely go about the regular activities in your day quickly, because it always seems like we’re running out of time! But if there’s one thing you can’t overlook, it’s your eating habits.
Important healthy eating habits to realize always are:
- What you eat.
- Where you eat.
- When you eat.
- How you eat.
All four elements are crucial to ensuring that you keep your meal portions under control. Below are some tips on how to stop overeating before it takes a toll on your health.
How to Stop Overeating
These tips to prevent overeating are easy adjustments to your diet, to help you take crucial elements into account so you can stop yourself from overeating:
You’ll end up putting smaller portions onto your plate, which either results in eating less at each sitting or simply allowing you to take notice easily of just how much we are including in each meal portion.
2. Eliminate distraction while eating.
It is a fact that we eat more when we eat while doing something else.
- Try not to eat meals in front of the TV. TV time is TV time, and mealtime is mealtime. Mixing both will likely result in overeating.
- When at work, allow yourself enough time to get up from your desk and have your meal without working. Sure, you can get more work done when you work through your lunch time, but you’re also doing your body a disservice. Be sure to take at least 15 minutes to simply eat without doing anything else.
3. Put down your fork in between bites.
It’s very likely that if you keep your fork in your hands as you chew, you’ll have the urge to load it while you’re still chewing and then take another bite right away. Not only does this cause you to eat quickly but it also can cause you to eat more than you really need.
- Practice putting the fork down in between bites. The continuous drill of having to put the fork down and pick it up again will likely leave you pretty fed up after a while that you’ll probably end your meal sooner!
- Doing this will also helps you to concentrate on how well you chew your food.
4. Chew your food longer.
If you train yourself to chew longer, you’ll discover how much more quickly you’ll feel full.
- It takes your body a little time to sense the presence of food, and if you chew and swallow faster than your body can sense the food, you’ll end up going overboard feeling dissatisfied.
- As a rule of thumb, try chewing each mouthful 30 to 40 times to aid proper digestion. The more broken down the food is, the easier it is for your body to process it.
Sure, it’s easy to overeat, but as you can see, it’s also pretty easy to curb that habit. Just make a few simple changes and you’ll find yourself more in control of what, how, where, and when you eat. Your body will thank you for it!