Most of us overeat and can’t get over it, which causes immediate regret and discomfort in the form of laziness and bloating. We have a hard time with the digestive system assimilating food. Most of the time, overeating food fails to get absorbed properly, and overeating can lead to belly fat, skin problems, hair fall, lethargy, and diabetes.
Five ways to get over the habit of overeating are:
Ayurveda suggests that food that fits in two palms is your personalized portion size. Most people feel that eating less food will make them malnourished and weak. Even in modern science, after a series of studies, we concluded that if any organism reduces calorie intake by 30%, it lives longer by 30%, so eating less is much better than overeating.
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Comprise your diet with all six tastes
According to ayurvedic scriptures, a meal plan is perfectly balanced if it offers six tastes to your tongue that is sour, sweet, astringent, spicy, sweet, and bitter- this is the basis of our traditional thali system where all the six flavors are served in the plate – this also represents all the food groups along with their nutrients.
Ayurveda suggests you include curd in your breakfast, buttermilk after lunch, and milk after dinner, which helps curb the habit of overeating. You can also have fruits, vegetables, and salad before lunch; this way, you will eat a variety but feel full for longer.
Replacing junk with natural foods like fiber-rich food
Protein, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, minerals, and vitamins, your body feels full instantly, and you will eat less.
Avoiding any medium while eating
We all eat food while talking to someone, watching tv, using mobiles, etc. these distractions lead to overeating- so it is advised to eat meals alone as a daily practice without your mobile, YouTube, Netflix, etc.
Wait for signal
You finally went to a restaurant where service was poor, the waiter got late in bringing you the last order of chapati, but you would have eaten if he had brought it sooner.
This is because it takes time for your brain to send the signals of satiate to your body- so these are the five ways to stop overeating right from the very next minute.
Several Psychological factors can also contribute to overeating; emotional overeating is something ubiquitous in patients; people will eat because they feel stressed or depressed. People use food to fill a certain void in their life, so it’s imperative to evaluate your psychological health when trying to have a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. If you are engaging in the habit of overeating because you are depressed or stressed out, try to speak with a professional therapist or psychologist to curb all these emotions.
Two types of disorders that come from overeating are:
Involves eating large amounts of food and then using things to purge the food, such as over-exercising, vomiting, and using laxatives. Opposite of this disorder is Anorexia- An eating disorder in which people have constant thoughts related to weight gain and rely on unhealthy food habits like constantly starving themselves, and working out regularly, which is not suitable for health at all.
Binge Eating Disorders
It is a newly defined disorder, eating a massive amount of food over a short period, like over a couple of hours, and this would be more than the average person would eat- while eating, you will feel out of control, like you can’t stop eating.
Most of the students go through these disorders because of exam pressure, relationship problems etc. to cope with their stress, they start relying on comfort food which is high on salt, sugar leading to obesity, cardiovascular problems, etc.
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