What’s up Allies!
Today we want to talk to you about how to understand why you overeat.
Let’s face it, the extra pounds you’re carrying around are due to overeating – plain and simple.
Why do you overeat?
Whether you realize it or not, you eat in a learned pattern, rather than out of need. You clean your plate because that’s what your mother taught. You eat what is served without stopping to check if you are full. You butter two pieces of toast for breakfast rather than questioning if one piece would do the job.
You forget to pay attention when you eat. Mindless munching while watching a movie, snacking while driving, or picking at food while cooking – these absentminded calories really add up.
3. Deeper Issues:
Sometimes you use food for recreation or to change your mood. Many people we have encountered over the years use food as an emotion coping mechanism to deal with the stresses in their lives, past trauma, or a sense of satisfaction, fulfillment, or pleasure. These calories may lend you a temporary sense of comfort, but ultimately your body, mind, and your self-confidence suffers from the indulgence.
3 Steps To Overcome Overeating – read these, and apply them to your life.
Step #1: Pay Attention
Be aware of what and how much you eat. Actually practice paying attention to each bite you take, how big they are, how many times you chew, how much you put on your plate, etc. This simple concept will save you from hundreds upon hundreds of calories each week.
To apply this rule, don’t eat while your attention is distracted by another activity. Only put food in your mouth when you are hungry and conscious of it. This means turn off the T.V., get out of your car, and no matter what you do, don’t graze in the kitchen while cooking.
Step #2: Practice Balance
Be aware of the types of food that you eat during each meal, and make sure that it’s balanced. When you eat a balanced diet filled with lean protein, healthy carbs, healthy fats, lots of veggies, a few daily servings of fruit and limited processed foods and sugars, your body will be satisfied and you’ll lose the urge to overeat.
Make a mental checklist of the food groups that you’ve eaten each day. Did you eat lean protein? Did you have plenty of vegetables? Did you have healthy sources of carbs and fats? This mental checklist will save you from making food decisions that you’d later regret.
Step #3: Be Tuned In
Your body will always tell you when its hunger has been satisfied. You’ve just gotten so good at ignoring the signs that you barrel through your meal only to feel like you’ve been hit by a ton of bricks once all that food hits your stomach. It’s time to take a deep breath and listen to your body.
An important part of being tuned in is to eat slowly. Once you start to pay attention you’ll notice a point when each bite becomes less and less satisfying. That is your body’s way of letting you know that you’ve had enough and that each continued bite is simply overkill (yes, even if you’re only halfway through that plate of pasta).
By learning how to control your eating habits, you’ll find weight loss to come much more simply and naturally.
Now, if you are struggling with sustainable nutrition planning, healthy dieting, and a safe and effective exercise program then let us know how we can help! We here at Iron Allies Fitness are here for you. We are experts in the field and with our combined 27 years of industry experience we will help you design the right program for you to not only achieve, but also sustain the results you desire!
Call, text, or email today and come try us out for an entire week of unlimited classes…FREE!
– Team Iron Allies Fitness
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