There are reasons for overeating that aren’t just associated with your lack of willpower. Though events or emotions can lead us to the act of overeating, it is generally hormones that largely contribute to the behaviour as well. So I thought I’d share 5 of those reasons and a few tips on what to do about them.
5 Reasons For Overeating
Stress hormones promote the need for stimulants and overeating. Take a deep breath and have healthy snacks available on hand for stressful or busy times. Nuts are a good option, chew them really well as they coat the stomach and make you less hungry.
2. Skipping breakfast
Breakfast sets the stage for the day so skipping it leaves your energy low and cravings high, leading to binge eating or overeating. Make the time to eat a healthy meal that contains protein, carbs and healthy fat to help sustain energy. Something like a veggie filled omelette with avocado is a perfect combination.
You wander to the pantry or fridge in a moment of boredom but what do you reach for? The cookies and chocolate! Sugar promotes hunger by limiting the gut hormone ghrelin and messing with two other hormones, insulin and leptin. These all work together to give us the signal that we are full. Problem is, sugar deadens the signal. So we just keep wanting to eat more chocolate or cookies. If you’re bored, do something else. Activity works well, so go for a walk instead.
Emotions eb and flow throughout the day. Make sure you realise that and don’t let the emotions rule you. When they come, take a step back and have a way of dealing with them other than food. A talk with a friend, a hot bath, or a food soak. Whatever it is, let the emotions pass and then you won’t be left beating yourself up.
5. Types of foods
Sugars, processed foods and refined carbohydrates (the white stuff) actually promote overeating by messing with our eating and hunger hormones. Yes there’s that word hormone again! Hormones are key in driving our behaviours. Just remember when it comes to food, fresh is best so choosing healthier options really does prevent overeating.
Are you an over eater? What are your reasons for overeating?
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