3 Quick Steps to Avoid Overeating

All of us at various times are faced with the temptation to eat something that we know we don’t really need.  Here are 3 quick things you can do next time you’re hit with those cravings:

  1. Hold On – If you think you’re hungry and need to eat something, wait 10 – 15 minutes.  If you’re really hungry, you’ll know then.  If it’s true hunger, grab a piece of fruit or some protein like a couple of ounces of turkey breast.  If it’s not…don’t eat.
  2. Wet Your Whistle – About 20 minutes before it’s time to eat, drink a big glass of water.  It helps fill your stomach so you’re not as likely to stuff it with food,
  3. Drop and Give Me 20 – Do some quick exercise, like pushups, crunches or a short walk.  This will help take your mind of eating and will help kill your cravings.

Having a strategy for times of trouble is one of the best things you can do to help fight fat.  Give these strategies a try and I bet you’ll find they help you.


5 Responses to “3 Quick Steps to Avoid Overeating”

  1. Jan Says:

    I find that the most basic thing that helps me not to eat when I don’t really need to is to take away – in my mind – permission.

    The moment before we put something in our mouth we are either allowing ourselves to do it or not – giving ourselves permission or not.

    It always boils down to choice.

    If we eat it, our baseline is still set to give ourselves pemission to do so for what ever reason (there are many).

    If we are successfully loosing weight and allowing ourselves the odd treat, that is very different from allowing ourselves habitually to over eat – either by eating too much or too often when we don’t need to.

    I find that turning off the permission “switch” (changing my mindset) is the first thing I need to do to start watching the scales go down.

    That said, a very practical way that helps to limit my grazing is a quick look at the calorie content on the box, it wrecks my appetite almost every time, or at least allows me to “weigh” the concequences of ingesting the calorie count.

  2. Summer Says:

    I’ll add one to your great list: Brush your teeth!!!

    Nothing tastes worse than, well, almost anything on top of toothpaste. You’ll avoid eating AND prevent tooth decay… 😉

  3. Rick Says:

    One thing I might add is have a “planned” snack time mid-morning, and/or mid-afternoon. That should cut down on the late-morning and late-afternoon munchies when you just can’t make it another half hour to your next meal time.

  4. mcgheetraining Says:

    I like those suggestions.

  5. totaltransformation Says:

    I indulged in a cholocate donut this morning. As a result I am having a nice salad for dinner tonight. 🙂

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