Overeating leads to extra calories and excess weight gain. Being mindful while you eat and about what you eat is the best way to avoid overeating. Here are a few simple steps to remind you to slow down and pay attention.
- Use a smaller plate:
Using a smaller plate can help you trick yourself into eating less. A smaller plate will ensure smaller portions and you will feel like you have had enough because you have finished your plate.
- Turn distractions off:
TV, cellphones and laptops can be distracting while you eat. Take the time to sit down and concentrate on the meal or snack in front of you. Distracted eating leads to mindless eating and eating more calories.
- Enjoy your food:
Take the time to savor each bite. Allow yourself the time to put your fork down in between bites. Rushing through a meal or always eating on the go can leave you feeling unsatisfied and wanting more.
- Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water is important for your health in so many ways but it can also make you feel fuller. Drinking a glass of water before and during a meal will help you consume less calories because it will make your stomach feel full triggering your brain that you have had enough.
- Don’t skip meals:
Skipping meals will leave you feeling even hungrier when your next meal comes around. This can lead to binge eating. Eating at least three meals a day or small frequent meals can help you from ever feeling famished and thus you are able to make good decisions when it comes to food choices.
- Out of sight out of mind:
Not having snack foods or candy bowls out and within arm’s reach is a good technique to not overeating. When these foods are put away you are less likely to seek them out. Place healthier snacks and foods at eye level in your cupboard, pantry and refrigerator. This will tempt you to eat those healthy choices first.