How to Stop Overeating

I wrote this aricle for WikiHow and thought I would include it on my blog!

If you often eat food and then feel absolutely stuffed like a thanksgiving turkey, you are overeating. If food tastes so darn good you just can’t stop! You are overeating. I am here to help you stop overeating, as this is merely a symptom your body is releasing to help you wake up and smell the coffee.

1 Eat Slow. In order to stop overeating you must slow down and enjoy your food. If you are eating too fast, your body will never have the time to realize you have eaten. You must eat slowly, enjoy every bite, taste every herb and spice. If you eat slow, you will start to notice that heavily processed items, really don’t taste that great. Try eating those packaged doughnuts from the grocery store realllllly slow…

2 Eat Aware. Your brain must realize that you have eaten, enjoyed the food, and received satisfaction in order for it to know that it is full. If you are eating while multi-tasking (like driving) your brain will have no recollection of enjoying that food, therefore it is as if you haven’t even eaten it! You must eat, and only eat….no distractions. Just enjoy your food and let your brain receive pleasure and satisfaction.

3 Eat Relaxed. If you eat while you work, thinking about work, or stressing about work(or any other stressful thing in your life) your body will require more food. You must eat in a tranquil, relaxed state. If you are stressed, take 5 deep breathes before eating your first bite. Let your body relax before eating, then you can go back to stressing when you are done. (hopefully the breathing helps that part too!)

4 Eat with Pleasure. Sounds simple, you love food, why wouldn’t you receive pleasure? Unfortunately, a lot of us eat with negative thoughts like…. I shouldn’t be eating this, this food will make me fat, why am I so weak, I have no willpower, this food is bad for me…. if you have all of that going on in your brain, how does it receive pleasure? Clear it out and enjoy whatever is in front of you.

5 Eat with Quality. If you are fueling your body with processed this, and fast food that, you are creating a huge disconnect in your mind-body-spirit. If you want your body to tell you when it is full, and stop before the second plate is gone, treat it nicely. It is not going to cooperate if you are constantly feeding it low-quality food, and why would it? How would your car run if you were putting cow manure in the gas tank? I think it would stand up and punch you with it’s front tire. Treat your body with high quality food so that it can thank you by talking louder when you are eating.

6 Eat Only The Food You are Hungry For. Not that catchiest title, but was the best I could do. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF TROWING AWAY FOOD! Yes I am screaming that at the top of my lungs. You eating all of your food is not going to feed the starving children in Africa, I’m sorry! Only eat the food that you are hungry for (and don’t tell me you don’t know what that is because your body ALWAYS knows, you just have to listen). If there is food that you are not hungry for, save it for later, or throw it away. I promise you will be over it by the time you count to 60. If you feel deprived not eating everything, tell yourself you can eat it in an hour, then in an hour see if you are hungry yet, if not wait another hour.

Just remember, your body already knows when to stop eating. Your mind is playing little tricks on you to make you believe it doesn’t. Open your ears and start to listen to the clues your body gives you when it is getting full, and then honor them. You do not have a willpower problem, you do not have an overeating problem, you simply have a foggy mind-body-spirit connection, and you need to start listening more to the intelligent vehicle your body really is.

About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.