How to Break the Cycle of Overeating – For Weight Loss & Better Digestion
If You Find Yourself Overeating, Don’t Panic! Here’s How to Stop Overeating… And What to Do When It Does Happen
When you’re trying your best to lose weight, there’s nothing more frustrating than accidentally falling back into binge-eating. You’ve worked so hard on limiting your calorie intake and becoming more conscious about what you eat… and experiencing a setback can feel like all of your hard work was for nothing.
Don’t despair. Overeating happens.
The thing to do is not use your one-time lapse as an excuse to fall back into old, self-destructive patterns. After binging, here are a few things you can do to get back on track, stay positive, and try to unlearn those bad behaviors for good.
1) Stop Beating Yourself Up
After binging, the first thing to do is realize that it’s not the end of the world. Everyone overeats for different reasons, and all you need to do is to change your behavior.
Don’t start thinking that something’s wrong with you or that overeating is a massive personal failure on your part. Making moral judgments isn’t going to help get your bad habits under control.TRENDING: Women Who Eat These 3 Cheeses Are Losing Pounds of Stubborn Belly Fat (Research Proven)
Instead, work on feeling better in the moment by taking a walk, clearing your head, and staying positive. You can also take this opportunity to come up with strategies for avoiding binging in the future.
2) Take a Walk
After you overeat, your body will start to feel sluggish and sleepy. You might even start feeling the effects of acid reflux as your stomach’s hydrochloric acid ends up splashing up into your esophagus, creating that unpleasant, burning sensation.
All of this is a result of your body struggling to digest the food you’ve just ingested using only a limited amount of digestive enzymes.
If you want to speed up the process and feel a bit less uncomfortable, try going for a short walk to get your blood flowing. This can help burn a few calories, thus freeing up some space and energy for speedier digestion.
3) Keep Moving
When you overeat, your first impulse might be to lie down and let your stomach settle.
Don’t be fooled: this is actually one of the least helpful things you can do after binging. While it’s true that sleep helps the digestive process function smoothly, lying down after a large meal can lead to acid reflux issues.SPECIAL: New Research Reveals How to Get Your Brain to Tell Your Body to Burn More Fat
This is also a good reason to avoid sparkling water or soda. All those extra bubbles aren’t going to help settle your stomach. Instead, they’ll fill you up with gas and make you feel even more bloated.
Instead of settling in for a nap, try doing a few yoga exercises to kickstart circulation and get your digestion going.
Drinking enough water is hugely important – not just for maintaining our health and skin quality.
It’s also a helpful way to keep your body balanced in the face of a large midday meal. Sipping water slowly can help offset the high salt content in a meal, which is helpful for digestion.
Drinking water throughout the day can also be helpful if you’re trying to lose weight. When you’re dehydrated, your body often mistakes the feeling for hunger. Before you start snacking, drink a glass of water or two to make sure your body isn’t crying out for more hydration instead of more food.
5) Plan for the Future
One good way to make sure you don’t keep falling into the same unhelpful patterns is to learn from your mistakes.SPECIAL: What’s REALLY Causing Your Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure & Constant Fatigue (If You’re Over 30 You Need to See This)…
When you’ve overdone it on a meal, a great way to keep the focus positive and reduce guilty feelings is to set your mind on the task ahead. Make a list of meals, a portion size chart, or another plan for curbing your bingeing habit and avoiding food fatigue.
This doesn’t have to be a comprehensive plan. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a harsh, unrealistic weight loss plan.
Start by trying to limit portion size and cut down on snacking throughout the day. From there, you can start to tackle bigger weight loss goals.
6) Find Your Triggers
When you overeat, your organs end up working overtime just to digest all of that food.
This leads to the feeling of discomfort you might get after eating that extra slice of pizza. It feels cramped and uncomfortable because your stomach is crowding up your insides, making you feel drowsy, nauseous, and prone to acid reflux.
As long as you stay on your feet and don’t give into the post-snack sleepiness, the feeling will pass with time.
The important thing to remember is that overeating happens. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed at dieting.BRAND-NEW: 5 “Living Nutrients” That Can Trigger Rapid Fat Loss!
If you find yourself overeating more than you’d like, the best way to keep yourself healthy is to predict bad behaviors and try to change them before they strike.
For instance, if you know that stress makes you want to overeat, find something else that helps calm you down. If you present yourself with a relaxing alternative, such as a bubble bath or some yoga exercises, you’ll be able to create a new, healthy habit to fall back on.
How to Use Your Brain to Stop Overeating… And Start Burning More Fat
As you can tell, stopping the cycle of overeating is just as much mental as it is physical.
So get your head in the game… don’t beat yourself up… and make a plan to break the cycle.
Just as your brain is important for breaking the overeating cycle…
Your mind is also the key to burning more fat!
In fact, these brain signals might be the difference between you and your “skinny friend”…
You know, that friend who stays slim and svelte no matter WHAT she eats.
And then there’s you, who packs pounds on your waist just by LOOKING at that cheesecake.
Here’s the science behind it and what you can do to harness your brain signals to melt off those extra pounds: