A lot of us have this habit of overeating and we think it’s okay until that needle on the weighing scale begins to move forward and you’re like ‘OMG I needs to stop’ and you find yourself so much ahead on the binge eating journey already, it’s hard to look back sometimes. The aftermath is you are continuously gaining weight and this can bring you obesity combined with other diseases. So the root cause here is overeating, consuming when you really don’t need it. As simple as it may sound, why do we even do that? Is it just the craving that’s to blame? Maybe not, the environmental factors that surround you matter a great deal as well.
This can happen on an intentional as well as a totally unintended level; either your friends really push you into having those ghee laden parathas from the college cafeteria every day, or they just eat a lot of junk themselves around you making you crave more and eventually you give in because you are too tempted. Talk to your friends and make them understand how them forcing you into overeating is affecting your fitness goals, and counsel yourself a bit too about not paying too much attention to what people around you are filling their plates with.
Another very common reason is emotional eating when in a state of stress. Having a bad day? You decide to finish that one big tub of ice cream because what else can make you better? Well, maybe talking to someone about it can. And so can working out or doing yoga. Your body messes up with the cortisol levels when you are continuously stressed out and this can increase your appetite.
Using the wrong cutlery
They say on psychological grounds, the size of your plate matters much when it comes to how much you consume. The bigger your plate is, the more you want to fill it up and eat even if you are full at some point because hey! Who’s going to finish all that? A lot of people also use giant bowls for dessert serving, which should be done in small sized bowls so that you are conscious enough when you want to get up for a refill.
Research and clear observation indicate how fast eaters tend to consume more food than those who eat slowly and mindfully, savoring each and every flavor there is and taking their time to take pleasure in their meal. Hence, slow down. Put down your spoon every now and then and take a sip of your drink in between. Indulge in dinner time conversations with your family, this would help you.
Variety of food
Think about it, wouldn’t you eat more at a buffet than you would at a restaurant where you are specifically ordering food? This is because you want to eat a little bit of everything, even if its just for trial purposes and you just want to taste it. We’re all captivated to have some variety on our plates. Hence, go for meals that give you fewer options. Order separately instead of going for a buffet, save that for later when you have to go on family daawats that you cannot refuse.