Overeating is one of the major causes of obesity in America. Whether you tend to overeat without realizing (i.e., when you pig out in front of the television) or frequently help yourself to ‘All You Can Eat’ buffets, overeating can not only derail your weight loss diet plan but also lead to health conditions.
But, there is hope yet. There are ways in which you can continue to eat what you love without overeating.
Tips on How to Prevent Overeating
Here are some easy and effective tips to help you prevent overeating.
- Don’t skip meals during the day: Never skip meals during the day to save calories for meals later in the evening. When you skip meals, no matter how confident you feel, by the evening you are more likely to become over hungry and give in to overeating. Reserving calories for another meal almost always back fires.
- Eat meals on a regular schedule: Eating meals regularly keeps you from getting too hungry, so that you don’t lose control over how much you eat. Never go without food for longer than five hours. Try incorporating healthy snacks into your schedule and have several mini meals instead of three large meals.
- Don’t miss your breakfast: Eating breakfast regularly, every morning, helps to keep the body’s energy levels high and blood sugar levels stable. People tend to overeat when they feel sluggish or when the body’s energy levels are low. Also, low blood sugar levels trigger food cravings, which are another major reason for overeating. In fact, research has shown that people who eat breakfast tend to have healthier weight as compared to those who miss breakfast.
- Curb your appetite before you eat your meal: Drink a glass of cold water or opt for a broth based soup before you settle down to eat the main course. The liquid food will make you feel fuller, so that you don’t gorge on the main course and overeat. Also, snacking on apple slices (with their skins on) and salads (low fat dressing) before a meal will provide you with enough fiber to curb your appetite, without piling up on calories.
- Drink plenty of water: Drinking plenty of water and eating water rich fruits (like oranges and melons) through the day helps to curb hunger pangs without adding to the calorie count, apart from keeping your body hydrated. Also, quite often, people mistake their thirst for hunger and end up overeating. Next time you feel hungry, try gulping down a glass of water. More often than not, it is just your thirst that you confuse for hunger.
Incorporating these tips in your weight loss diet plan can go a long way to help curb overeating.