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No More Overeating! 4 Simple Tips for Controlling Your Diet

No More Overeating! 4 Simple Tips for Controlling Your Diet

It doesn’t matter whether you are watching your weight or making a lifestyle change to a more healthy and balanced diet; overeating is the biggest enemy. We know how much we should eat and what it takes to keep us going, but still we cannot seem to help ourselves sometimes. Having eaten too much, we can either just accept the fact or try to make up for it by eating less later or exercising more. This works to some extent, but wouldn’t it be better to keep from overeating altogether? Of course it would, and by adding a few simple self-control mechanisms, you can increase your odds quite a bit.

The problem with overeating is not, as some people claim, just bad character or lack of motivation. The truth is that we are fighting our own brains, which are trying to protect us from starvation. It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are, your mind does not comprehend that there is more food coming—here and now is what matters to your brain when it comes to food. When food was scarce and food supplies varied a lot, overeating was sensible. Nowadays it’s not. Even though you will feel full after a while when you eat, there is a delay between when you’ve had enough, to the time your brain realizes that. During this time you will keep eating, and you’ll end up feeling stuffed, knowing you’ve had too much.

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I hinted earlier that it has to do with control: you need to make sure your brain picks up on the signals it needs to keep it from cheering you on while you eat. All the tips below help to ensure that you slow down or lower your calorie intake a little bit while eating. When your food intake becomes a bit slower, your brain has time to catch up with the signals from your body. No more overeating.

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The Tips:

  1. Start with vegetables.
    By starting with your vegetables before moving on to the meat, pasta, rice or potatoes you get multiple benefits. First, you make sure that you get all the nutrition from the vegetables on your plate, and secondly, you start filling up with low calorie, healthy food so that you can feel satisfied earlier. Finally, you give your stomach a little head- up before the heavier stuff arrives.
  2. Chew, chew, chew, chew.
    By chewing every bite for longer, you automatically slow down your digestion which is what you want to happen. You also make sure that the digestive enzymes in your saliva get mixed with the food before moving on to the stomach. Digesting the food starts already here and it is an important step.
  3. Take breaks.
    This is a pretty obvious tip, but one that many people seem to forget constantly. After eating a few mouthfuls, put down your knife and fork and just take a break. Talk to the people you’re eating with, and let your body and mind catch up with your food intake.
  4. Stop when satisfied.
    There is a difference between being full and being satisfied. Being satisfied is when you have eaten enough; you are no longer hungry but still not full. This is the perfect amount—feeling full basically means that you have maxed out. Learn to feel the difference and act on it.

Take Control

By applying any combination of the tips (preferably all of them) you take control of your eating habits, and when you take control, great things happen. Eating healthy or maintaining a diet requires self-control, and now you have 4 simple techniques to help you on your way.

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What is your preferred method of maintaining control?

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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