10 Tips And Tricks To Not Over-Eat
By Sydney Hill
Many of us fear this word: Overeating. We fear it for different reasons. We want to be fit, we want to be healthy, but we LOVE food. So here are a list of tips and tricks that doesn't limit you to a diet that cuts out all your favorite goodness, but that will help you with your New Years resolutions, or any goal throughout the entire year
- Drink water—Drink a tall glass of water before every meal. This will help fill your tummy so that you hopefully eat less. And afterall, water's good for you.
- Hungry? Drink water—This is different than the above-mentioned tip. Many times when we are hungry, we're actually just thirsty. Crazy! So if you're hungry, try some water first, let that settle, and see what it does.
- Eat until satisfied—Sometimes when we go to a restaurant, we want to eat all we can to get our money's worth. My friend uses a different thought, "I'm going to eat until I'm satisfied. I spent money on my dinner to be satisfied." Sometimes we eat so much we hurt. We pay money for someone to go make our belly hurt? It's interesting if you think of it like that. Eat until satisfied.
- To-go box—But sometimes that food was pretty expensive. Most of the time you'll find that at an expensive restaurant, they'll have to-go boxes. Take advantage of it! It's fun to look forward to those leftovers the next day. Just make sure you refrigerate properly.
- One treat—Sometimes if we say we are going off sugar completely, we give up. If you can do that, then great! But, I also think it's okay to just limit yourself to just one a day. Don't make it a huge portion, but this way you can still enjoy things you love. You'll just choose your favorite instead of eating all of it.
- Eat less more—It's actually better to eat more meals thoughout the day, but just make them smaller. It keeps your metabolism going. Be wary and don't go overboard with this one.
- Seconds—If you can force yourself not to go for seconds, do it. Unless you are literally still hungry. If you're afraid you'll go for seconds, cut each portion you take in half so you don't actually end up eating more.
- All things in moderation—Remember you don't necessarily have to deprive yourself of everything you love. Just remember to eat in moderation. Too much of anything is usually not good.
- Write it down, get people to join—Write down your goals, what will you do? Get people to join you. It's easier to do something hard and new if you have other people doing it with you, keeping each other in check (kindly). If it turns into nagging it helps no one. Constant, kind encouragement.
- Exercise—Ah, an often dreaded word, but I find when I exercise I'm more inclined to eat healthy and eat less. I have more energy so am up and doing things, not getting to the point, where, as Jim Carrey's Grinch says, "Am I eating 'cause I'm bored?". Also, I have a greater desire to eat less and eat healthier. I don't want all that work to be for nothing.
It is possible to eat healthy. It's good for us, we all know that. Make a commitment today. Write it down and share it. Don't let the goal be to lose weight, every body is different and that's great. Let the goal be "I want to be healthier". This is not always less in everyone's case. Moderation. Moderation.
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