5 Tricks Trainers Use to Stop Overeating

By on August 17, 2015
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Everyone is well aware that overeating causes weight gain. Consuming more calories than you burn will cause the number on the scale to rise. Unfortunately many people have a problem with overeating.

This may be a result of large portions, lack of will power or maybe you just like to eat. Food is delicious and satisfying but now is the time to gain control of your diet and eating habits. Doing so is fairly easy if you are open to change. Below are some tips to stop overeating.

Start Eating Clean

Switching to clean eating will stop you from overindulging. Clean eating means that your diet only consists of whole foods and processed options are omitted. This way of eating not only satisfies hunger more effectively because the food involved is nutrient dense and digests slowly but many of the ingredients in processed foods like artificial sweeteners make you overeat. They have this effect because processed foods are digested quickly and stimulate dopamine causing a pleasurable feeling. Due to the effect processed foods have on the body they are very addictive and cause you to overeat.

Stop Being So Strict

Going on a super strict diet is setting yourself up for failure. When you feel deprived you will eventually throw in the towel and start eating everything in sight. Every diet should have restrictions but dramatically reducing your caloric intake is going to force the body into starvation mode. Once in starvation mode fat storage increases and you are more likely to overeat. Even though you are on a diet, treat yourself every now and then. Just do so in moderation.

Get Some Zzz’s

Getting enough sleep increases the body’s production of leptin while not getting enough decreases leptin levels and increases ghrelin. Leptin plays a significant role in regulating appetite and metabolism. It is the hormone that tells the brain, “I’m full” and encourages the body to start burning calories. Ghrelin on the other hand sends hunger signals to the brain.

Get Active

Regular exercise counteracts overeating by regulating proteins and hormones that control appetite.

Start Paying Attention

A very simple way to stop overeating is to start paying attention to your food intake. Mindfulness is your best ally. A great way to start is with meal prep. Preparing meals in advance and taking the time to portion each meal will prevent you from eating more calories than you should.