Whether you are thinking of losing weight or preventing weight gain or just for optimum health and wellness, learning how to prevent overeating will go along way in helping you reach your goals. One of the common mistakes we make especially on a weight loss or healthy eating journey is eating the wrong way!
You can be eating all the right or healthy foods but over eating them can still cause weight gain, slow down weight loss or even weaken your digestive system that will be overworked with time.
Avoid Skipping Meals
Often times, we think that skipping meals promote weight loss when it actually does the opposite! Yes, the brain is constantly working and needs a constant supply of energy. When you skip meals, your metabolism slows down and you are not burning calories as you should. Your body thinks you are starving so when you eat again, your body stores away more than usual resulting in more fat! There is a high tendency to over eat when you skip meals because you will feel so hungry and gorge on food the next time you eat.
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Eat Small Portion at a Time
The healthiest way to eat and a great tip on how to prevent overeating is to eat small amount of food at a time. Supplying just the right amount of food your body needs at a time. Dr Sears says that an individual’s stomach is the size of your fist. So rather than eat large amount of food 2 to 3 times daily, you can eat smaller portions 5 to 6 times daily including snack.
Another great reason why you should graze or eat small quantity of food at a time is because some healthy foods like nuts and avocados are calorie dense and gorging on them can cause weight gain if your physical activity level is not high enough to burn the high calories consumed.
I have a kitchen scale and I can tell you that counting calories for every food you eat can tiring and doesn’t let you really enjoy eating because you are too busy counting. But eating small amounts ensures you don’t overeat or consume too much food.
Eating small portion of food at a time also reduces pressure on your digestive system which weakens as we age.
Eat Foods That are Rich in Protein, Fiber and Healthy Fats
Protein and fat digest slower than carbohydrates. That is why complex carbohydrates like whole grains, legumes or vegetables are the healthiest carbs because they contain fiber which helps to slow digestion. Eating simple carbs like refined sugars and sugary baked foods digest very quickly and cause you to be hungry in no time. This results to frequent eating and overeating as a result.
Chewing Twice as Long
Often times we rush our meals rather than taking time to properly chew it. Eating in a hurry can cause overeating because you end up pushing much more food than you require. Dr Sears recommends chewing twice as long as one of the best ways to eat because you eat just the right amount your body needs.
The body needs food to survive but we have to feed it the right way with the right foods for optimum health and wellness! So learn how to prevent overeating with these effective tips and start making those little changes that will be of great benefit to your body and overall health!
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