Eating is almost everyone’s favorite pass time and who can blame them? Eating is one of the most fun things we can do as humans. Trying new foods, revisiting tried and tested foods, and cooking are what most people associate with a sense of happiness and fulfillment. Food is full of delicious flavors and it can be emotionally comforting to eat. It also provides us with the physical fuel we need to take on all of the activities we have throughout the day. However, if we’re not careful our love of food can lead to overeating which in turn leads to many debilitating diseases like heart problems, diabetes and high blood pressure. While we associate these diseases with middle aged and elderly people, they have recently been shown to impact a growing number of young people as well. In order to prevent this from happening we have listed a few ways to keep from overeating. By eliminating overeating from our lives we can prevent the diseases that are caused by it as well.
1. Know when you’re full
Oftentimes when we’re full we’re tempted to keep eating. It’s incredibly important to know when you’re full so that you can stop eating. It usually takes our body 20 minutes to realize when we are full. It’s better to eat slowly in order to give your body time to realize that it’s full. After 20 minutes of eating it’s best to take an inventory of how full you feel. Often times in social settings like parties it’s tempting to keep eating because there is usually an abundance of snacks available. Use the same tactic to prevent yourself from overeating. Overeating doesn’t do our bodies any favors. There’s usually a sense of guilt associated with eating more than our bodies need. In order to save yourself the physical and mental grief stop eating when you are full or just before you feel full.
2. Don’t eat late
Eating after a certain time makes it difficult for our body to process and digest food. It’s best to have your last meal before 8:00 pm in order to give your body time to actually break down the food you are consuming. Eating before bed doesn’t do your body any favors and it also makes you feel uncomfortable and heavy.
3. Know what you’re eating
When you’re at a fast food restaurant the chances are that you have no idea what you’re putting into your body. Most food establishments don’t use good ingredients and are very shady about the nutritional information they give out to their customers. Fast food is known to have an exceptionally unhealthy amount of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium all of which are very harmful to our bodies. Try eating at home whenever you can and only have fast food sparingly if at all.