How to Stop Overeating
We all know that it’s important to eat healthy, but what we are eating isn’t our only problem- we also need to worry about how much we’re eating. We have all become so accustomed to big portions of food that we expect it and think it’s normal, but the truth of the matter is that people generally eat more than they need to. It’s not always easy to resist eating the delicious food in front of us, but all it takes is a few tricks and a little will power.
Here are 4 tips for cutting portion sizes:
- Drink Water: Before eating, drink a glass of water. Part of what you think is hunger is likely just dehydration, and drinking water before you eat will make you naturally less likely to overeat.
- Put Less on the Plate: This doesn’t really apply when you’re at a restaurant, but if you’re cooking your own food, don’t fill up your plate or use smaller plates. Many of us have a tendency to finish our plates, whether we are hungry or not, so stop filling it to the brim. If you’re still hungry, you can always go back for seconds but putting smaller portions on your plate will force to you stop and think about whether or not you’re still hungry.
- Eat Slowly: Eating slowly will give your body a chance to digest the food, which means it has time to tell you that you’re not hungry before you devour your entire meal. Try to relax and enjoy your meal.
- Stop Eating When You’re Full: Again, many of us have a tendency to finish our plate, but this is one of the worst things to do if your full. It can be hard to resist eating when the food in front of you tastes so good, but either put it away for later or pour a bit of water on it with your straw so you stop picking.
Use these tips to cut portion size and let overeating become a thing of the past. Your body will quickly become used to eating smaller portions, and over time you may not even need tricks. So sit down, cut those portion sizes and enjoy your meal knowing that you won’t regret it later.