This month, I’ve gathered 5 main reasons why we may end up overeating. Read until the end to find three main tips to overcome this habit.
The fasting experience underlines how much you eat (and overeat) by habit. Science shows that your brain is wired towards pleasure and loves routine. If your brain associates the snack after dinner with the TV down time, big chance you go to your snack every night, even after a fulfilling dinner.
You tend to multitask when eating, deafening yourselves from your satiety signals. One of the main learning in fasting is to discover the powerful effect of mindful eating on your body and mind.
You are also designed to eat when you spot food and you are constantly surrounded by tempting food everywhere you look. At the same time, the normal portion size have increased many folds in the last decades. Sitting in front of a 36cm plate full and you will eat it all, despite this portion being designed for 2 meals.
Eating is closely associated with bonding from your infant’s time. When stressed or dealing with (un)conscious emotions, these emotions can make hunger unnaturally strong and make you look for comfort foods. Excess comes from the mere fact that food will not replenish the core emotional need.
You may also eat food that make you hungrier: white flour and white sugar are nutrient depleted but your body still uses up nutrient to digest those foods and need to replete these nutrients quickly. These highly refined white food also make your blood sugar spike suddenly and go down as quickly, leaving you ravenous too soon after eating.
Are you overeating? Below are my three key techniques to help you stem this habit. Pick just one and apply it consistently over the next 3 weeks.