Occasionally eating more than planned is no big thing.
However, if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re regularly overeating, it’ll negatively impact your results.
Which brings us to these six strategies.
Take them seriously, and I guarantee they’ll help you significantly decrease how often you accident overeat.
1. Eating Slowly
Eating slowly might give the brain more time to realize that the stomach is full and send the cue to stop eating. Taking more time to eat may promote a greater sense of fullness and make people feel as though they ate more than they did.
To practice eating slowly, try putting the utensils down or taking a few deep breaths between bites. Some people also find it helpful to set a timer so that they are more aware of how quickly they are eating.
[Read: How To Stay Full For Weight Loss]
2. Know Your Trigger Foods
Pinpointing which foods can trigger overeating and avoiding them can help decrease the chances of overeating.
Preparing healthy options like a sliced apple with peanut butter, hummus and veggies, or homemade trail mix can encourage better choices when snacking.
Another helpful tip is to keep unhealthy snack foods like chips, candy, and cookies out of sight so there’s no temptation to grab a handful when walking past them.
3. Drink a Full Glass of Water Before Eating Your Meal
Drinking a full glass of water before a meal helps to provide a sense of fullness, which lessens your likelihood of overeating as less food will be required to feel satisfied.
With water as your drink of choice, you also decrease the amount of calories consumed from sodas, or alcohol and other empty-calorie beverages.
4. Plan Your Meals Ahead Time
This way you know exactly what you’re eating, the calorie content, amount of protein etc… This also allows you to plan a little extra treat every now and then.
5. Stop Once and For All
The next time you’re in a moment where you would normally eat more, but know you shouldn’t, stop for 10 minutes. Give yourself time to decide if you want to eat the rest of the food on your plate. Almost every time, you’ll be happy to toss or save the rest of the food when your 10 minutes is up.
6. You Can ALWAYS Get Back On Track
It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a bad meal, day, week, or month of overeating… You can always get back on track.
Getting back on track and staying there is the key to avoid overeating.
Hopefully these 6 strategies will help you out in the future.
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