Many people suffer from mindless eating and as a result gain unwanted weight. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, you must find the balance between eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are satisfied.
A few tips to help you break the
habit of overeating;
- Eat slowly - When we are hungry, most of us tend to eat
very fast. Eating fast, can lead to not giving our brain enough time
to realise our hunger has been satisfied and as a result, we can
overeat. It can take our body 12-20 minutes (depending on your weight)
to realise your hunger has been satisfied.
- Be aware - Many of us can
overeat because we are not paying attention. When you're eating,
do you think about what you’re doing? do you pay attention to how the food
makes you feel? has your hunger been satisfied or do you need to eat more?
You should try and only eat your main meals at the dinner table. Try not
to eat while at a computer, driving or watching television as you will
find it hard to stay focus.
- Smaller plate - This trick really
works. In your mind’s eye, a lesser portion on a larger plate is
going to make you feel as though there is not enough food on the plate. A
full plate will give the illusion you’re eating a larger portion meal.
- Choose satisfying
foods - Higher
in fibre, protein and low GI meals are more likely to be satisfying in
your stomach without going overboard on calories.
- Might be boredom - Eating of boredom
is a common habit. Try having a glass of water, chew on some gum,
read a book or go for a walk. Give yourself a distraction.
- Drink water - Drinking a
full glass of water or two before eating each meal will help you stop over
eating. Try and drink 8-12 glasses of water throughout the day. This step
alone can lead to weight loss.
control of your life, rock on!
Take control of your life, rock on!
Till next month...Evie