We’re told so many times that even the most worse problems are ‘all in our head’ and that psychology shall be blamed for almost 95% of the predicaments that we find ourselves tangled up in. Overeating shall not be an exception because yes, even at Nutright we understand that what goes on in your mind plays a great role in determining your eating habits and your weight gain/loss. The human brain is a mischievous fellow and hence, sometimes, we need to manipulate it before it can control us. So today, let’s talk about how you can actually bring that desi mind of yours to believe that you need to stop eating and that you’re full when it tells you that you can stuff an entire grizzly bear into your stomach once you are done with that nihari.
Drinking water before your meal
Do you completely lose it at the dinner table? Is everything out of your control as soon as that first nawala goes down your throat? Happens to the best of us. The suggestion here is to drink two glasses of water prior to starting your meal. That way, you should be feeling full a good time after you start eating. Your tummy might feel like a water tank as soon as you stand up but this trick works for many of us.
Choosing smaller utensils
This one’s super interesting: all you need to do is shrink the size of your cups, plates, and bowls. Invest in smaller ones and your mind would automatically believe that you’re overeating as soon as you reach for a third or fourth refill. When in reality, you might be completing just a half or a 3/4th of your usual meal. Clever much?
Starting with salad
Oh, more food! But this can make all the difference in the world especially for those of us who find it hard to replace an entire one time meal with salad (something that we really focus on in order to lose weight). The main aim behind this is to regulate your blood sugar level (which might be going pretty low because of hunger) with healthier ingredients before you step on to the main course, which is when you won’t be as hungry as you were at the beginning of your salad.
Fiber and proteins
Begin your meal with these two when you are at a daawat or simply eating out at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Protein options include chicken, fish, eggs as well as lean steak whereby fiber options include beans, fruits, and leafy green veggies. These would simply give you more energy making you feel more ‘full’ as compared to carbohydrates. By the time you are done with them, you may not be feeling as hungry so your fat consumption after that would be minimal.
Stay focused and be mindful
We’ve emphasized on mindfulness in a couple of previous posts as well and that is because we find it one of the key elements to better health. Times today has made us much of a multitasker and we usually eat while we’re working, watching TV or are busy on our phones. Distracted eating makes you lose count of your intake and hence, many times you end up overeating because you didn’t keep a check. Be focused on food only during meal time and savor every bite you take, makes a great impact.