How to Control Overeating – Top 5 Tricks
Weight loss is the most popular and sought-after goal in fitness.
Not only is it healthier to limit the amount of fat that you carry around but it also looks better.
Fat loss is a game of numbers. You need to make sure that you aren’t eating more calories than you are burning. In other words, you need to avoid overeating if you ever want to see your ideal weight.
Let’s take a look at 5 of the best and most effective tricks for putting a halt to overeating.
Learn About Portion Control
Portion control is one of the most important ways to successfully lose weight and maintain a healthy physique. Many of us don’t realize just how many calories can be found in what we deem to be an appropriate portion of food. To avoid overeating, you need to educate yourself on proper portion control.
- Click here for an excellent resource from the ChooseMyPlate.gov website.
Strategically Drink Water
Water can allow you to feel satiated so it’s important to know the best times to drink it to avoid overeating during meals. Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal. Most importantly, make sure you are drinking water during your meal. Follow up with a glass of water before getting a second helping.
Eat More Protein
Protein is one of the best macronutrients for feeling fuller over the course of the day. Not only will it help support your fitness recovery but protein will go a lot further than carbohydrates when it comes to keeping your hunger under control. Some great high-protein options include the following:
- Chicken breast
- Grass-fed beef
- Greek yogurt
- Pumpkin seeds
- Whey / Casein protein supplement
Don’t Forget about Fiber
Along with protein, you should be aiming to get in (at least) the recommended amount of fiber each day. Fiber, like protein, will help keep you feeling satisfied and will also help you avoid hunger pangs. Best of all, fiber is essential for proper health. Some of the highest fiber foods include the following:
- Lima beans
- Brussel Sprouts
- Split peas
Assign a Reward Meal
We’re only human and without a reward for all your hard work, you’re going to start getting impatient and lose motivation.
A “cheat meal” is perfectly okay but make sure you schedule it for yourself. Place it at the end of the week to ensure you’ve actually earned it. We don’t want to put limitations on your cheat meal but obviously you don’t want to go to your nearest fast food restaurant and order the 5,000-calorie hamburger.