How To Avoid Overeating And Maintain A Healthy Weight
We always wonder why most diets fail. Is it because we are lazy or lack willpower? The reason diets backfire most of the time because we restrain too much.
When we drastically reduce our calorie consumption, our body instantly perceives it as a danger. As a result our inner system that protects us from such shock comes to rescue and slows our metabolism. Hence, we go into starvation and overeat. Ultimately when we stop dieting, we in fact end up gaining more weight.
For example, just imagine, what happens when we skip our breakfast, work through lunch and finally return home in the evening. We tend to eat everything in sight, don’t we?
Why does this happen? Aren’t we wise enough and know we shouldn’t overeat?
The answer lies within our genetic programming: Our body was designed to store energy in the form of fat which could be used in need. It is similar to what polar bear does in summer. Not coincidentally, our body doesn’t like it very much when we don’t provide sufficient energy or calories.
So what can we do to control overeating?
Fortunately, we have the power to normalize eating — and none of these strategies involve counting calories Few Suggestions for you.
1. Eat real food. To lose weight and avoid overeating is to include real, whole, unprocessed foods in the diet. That means switching to vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, olive oil, organic, range, or grass-fed animal products (poultry, lamb, beef, pork, eggs), and wild, smaller fish such as salmon.
3. Eat mindfully. You need to be relaxed for your gut’s nervous system to work properly. If you're stressed, you don’t digest food properly and your stress hormones slow metabolism. When you eat quickly, you also overeat, since it takes your brain 20 minutes after you start eating to know it's full.
5. Get sufficient sleep. Always get eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night. You will reduce cravings and normalize fat-regulating hormones.
6. Control stress levels. Demanding jobs, marital tension, lack of sleep, too much to do, and too little time to do it create chronic stress, which makes you overeat. Learn to actively relax with de-stressing techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.