' Two Ways to Avoid overeating at Meals '
We all do it. Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour gets the best of us. We’re a bit on the hungry [ or hangry ] side.
I’m talking about overeating at meals.
This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and our body needs food to fuel it and we often [ usually ] eat amazingly healthy foods.
But we may still overeat, it this post, I’m going to give you two solid tips for you. Seriously!! If you can make these two things a regular habit and stick to it. You’ve got one up on the overeating cravings.
Two Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals:
Sometimes those holiday feasts are just amazing.
And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the choices, the aroma, the decorations.
It’s the way too easy [ and common ] to indulge on those days.
But it doesn’t always stop here.
Sometimes we overeat on regular days. Or at regular meals. Or All. The. Time.
Here are two tips to avoid overeating at meals.
[ Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!! ]
Tip #1 = Start with some water
When your stomach is growling and you smell amazingly delicious food it’s too easy to walk away. Grab some samples with your bare hands and dive into the food.
But did you know that it’s possible to sometimes confuse the feeling of thirst with that of hunger? The stomach may actually be craving a big glass of water rather than a feast.
Some studies have shown that drinking a glass or two of water before a meal can help reverse how much you actually eat. And this super simple tip may even help with weight loss.
Not only will the water start to fill up your stomach before you get to the buffet, leaving you feeling full, but drinking enough water has been shown to slightly increase your metabolism.
Win ! Win !
Tip #2 = Try eating “ mindfully “
You’ve heard of mindfulness but have you applied that to your eating habits?
This can totally help you avoid overeating as well as having the added bonus of helping digestion.
Just as being mindful when you meditate helps to focus your attention on your breathing, being present in the moment, being mindful when you eat helps to focus your attention on your meals.
Do this by taking smaller bites, eating more slowly, chewing more thoroughly, and savour every mouthful. Notice and appreciate the smell, taste and testure. BREATHE.
This can help prevent overeating because eating slower often means eating less.
When you eat quickly, you can easily overeat because it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to let your stomach know that it’s full.
So take your time, pay attention to your food and enjoy every bite.
Bonus points. Eat at a table [ not in front of the screen ]