Have you ever wondered to yourself “why can’t I stop eating?”
We’ve all been there before.
You wake up in the morning full of good intentions to start eating the right way.
You make a good healthy breakfast, have a wholesome lunch. You even manage to eat a dinner anyone would be proud of.
And then it happens.
Right before you are ready to go to bed you start to crave something more.
You’re not sure what that something is but you know you want it, you need it!
I don’t think there is anyone out there that has not experienced this feeling before.
If you are on a serious weight loss journey then this feeling could be detrimental to you.
You need to work out how to stop binge eating. That is basically what you are doing.
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Do you know what you are really feeling?
First things first, you need to really understand what it is that you are feeling.
Are you actually hungry, are you wanting to emotional eat or are you just having a crisis craving?
Just know that there is nothing to be ashamed of here.
Most of us feel like this sometimes but the thing that sets us apart is what we decide to do next after we get the feeling that we want to eat more food,
You can either give in to the feeling and go with the flow or you can choose to face the issue and see it for what it really is.
Here are 8 things you can do to curb your overeating
1. Recognize your craving for what it really is
This is a really important step.
If you have already eaten 3 good meals plus a few healthy snacks in between then there really should be no other reason for you to still be hungry.
Depending on what your relationship is like with food, food could just simply be your comforter.
Sometimes we are just be feeling emotional, stressed or bored and so we turn to binge eating.
We perhaps crave the sugar that we have recently tried to cut out of our diet and now it has come back to haunt us.
Once we know what we are truly feeling it makes it easier for us to get over the hurdle.
The majority of the time if we have already eaten we are not really hungry, we are simply looking for something to do.
2. Make sure you are not just thirsty
It’s a common misconception that when we think we are hungry are in fact just thirsty.
Try drinking a glass of water when you think you are feeling hungry and see if that makes a difference.
If you are really desperate you can try adding a slice of lemon to it so it doesn’t feel like drinking plain water.
Drinking water is the first thing that you should try to help you to stop overeating.
There are lots of health benefits to drinking water so its kind of a win win situation really.
3. Distract yourself
If all else fails distraction always works.
We even do it with our children sometimes to stop them from having a fully fledged meltdown. It works!
It can work on you too.
Find something to do that will take your mind off the food craving and wanting to binge eat.
You can try going for a walk, pick up the phone and call a friend or go for a shower.
After having a shower, you will usually feel quite refreshed. You never know you might even now feel too tired to eat and just want to go to bed!
Sleeping has tremendous health benefits for your body so if you can take a nap or get to bed early.
4. Make sure you have healthy alternatives readily available
If you really, really can’t fight the need to want to binge eat then do it with something healthy.
The trick here is to make sure that you have already rid your home with all the bad sugar and junk food and only have healthy options lying around.
The harder you make it to get your hands on junk food the less likely you will be to eat it.
Let’s be real here, no one wants to go out in the middle of the cold night just to satisfy their food addiction.
Having things like berries, nuts or popcorn around the house is going to be much more wholesome and it will ensure you don’t blow your diet out of the water in one night.
5. Eat lots more protein
If you know that you are the type that likes to eat a lot of food, especially during the evenings then I would encourage you to eat lots of protein as part of your diet.
Protein is really good because it helps to reduce hunger and it boosts metabolism as well.
If you have a high metabolism then you will burn off carbs much easier.
This is the reason you see a lot of protein rich diets on the market.
6. Don’t allow yourself to become over hungry – eat fairly
I’ve been guilty of this so many times. It starts out as a good intention but by the end of the day, it has come back to totally destroy me.
It’s easy to think you will just eat fewer calories at lunchtime to help speed up your weight loss.
The truth of the matter here is that you are simply doing yourself an injustice.
You are setting yourself up to fail.
By starving yourself of food you will become even more hungry later on and will be more inclined to hit the junk food aisle.
This is bad on all accounts because not only will you probably eat the quickest, easiest thing you can get your hands on, your body will also have noticed that you starved it.
Your body will react by then holding on to as many calories that it can get its hands on just in case you decide to starve it again.
It’s a losing battle.
You are better off eating a well-balanced meal that will hold you comfortably until your next meal is due.
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7. Stay away from trigger foods
We all have them – trigger foods.
These are the types of food that are our weakness.
Literally, when you see it you will jump over rivers and mountains to get to it (perhaps not literally)
For me my weakness is chocolate, if I see it or see someone else with it, I want it.
If I truly want to be able to tame this craving then I need to make sure it’s not in the house.
Know which foods ingredients cause you to want to binge eat and stay well away from them especially in times of weakness.
8. Grab the gum
Chewing gum is another way to get rid of your food cravings.
Its almost as though it clears your palate so you don’t feel the urge to eat the particular thing that you were craving anymore.
Give it a try.
Carry some gum around with you. You might find that it is a perfect distraction especially as it has the same chewing motion as when you eat food.
Just don’t over do it otherwise you could end up being bloated!
Final thoughts on “Why can’t I stop eating?”
We all battle with some type of food addiction, there are certain foods that we simply can’t get enough of but we have to learn where to draw the line.
The next time you are wondering “why can’t I stop eating?” just know that it’s not just you that has this problem. What matters most is what you are going to do about it.
It actually takes your brain 20 minutes to realize that you are full up, most of us tend to finish eating way before 20 minutes.
If this is that case, before you open the fridge and think about what you can eat next, give your brain some time to catch up and recognize that you are already full up.
An important thing to also understand is that avoiding these things is not just about trying to lose weight its also about being healthy on the inside too.
You could have the slimmest most perfect looking body on the outside but on the inside, there is a storm weathering.
Always do your best to eat healthily. If not just for you do it for your family too.
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