How To Stop Overeating

overeatingLets face it, I eat way to much my size. I’m only 5 foot and weigh 169 but I definitely can out eat most grown men. Once I get started its so hard to stop, especially when there is still food sitting in front of me. My biggest problem is that I hate wasting food. I eat until its hard to breathe almost every night. For example: I made cheesy spaghetti tonight, and I made a lot. I didn’t realize the recipe I was using was to feed a family of 5! I probably at half of the pot to myself, and half the loaf of garlic bread.

Does anyone else do this? I really feel like the food is controlling me! I need suggestions, anyone?

Answers:

When it comes to spaghetti it’s always hard to stop for me. But with me I have to find a way to either not feel so hungry (like eat fruit an hour or so before dinner and you won’t feel so hungry) or you have to tell yourself whatever is on your first plate of food is all you will eat. Then just put the rest as leftovers for another day. You will never waste food if you save the rest!

It’s really mind over matter – which is so hard. I’m 5’4 and 177 pounds. I had twins 10 weeks ago and getting that 30 pounds of baby weight off has been the death of me. I just started working out everyday and that really helps with not craving food so much! Good luck to you and I know you’ll find a way!

Use a medium sized plate & put small portions. take small bites & chew for a long period of time. it takes 30 mins. for you body to register that you’re full.

Yeah, smaller plates. I normally put the food in a container and put away leftovers first. Then I take what I’m going to eat. Spaghetti I normally put in a bowl because they show better what the serving size should be. Start making your food differently so that you can have more, like using turkey instead of beef. Less fat and calories so it won’t hurt to have a little more.

It’s really mind over matter – which is so hard. I’m 5’4 and 177 pounds. I had twins 10 weeks ago and getting that 30 pounds of baby weight off has been the death of me. I just started working out everyday and that really helps with not craving food so much!
Good luck to you and I know you’ll find a way!

I swear that used to be me – I hate wasting food-I’d cook and taste everything-Then make everyone a plate and what my kids didn’t finish I’d eat their plate-Then I’d eat my own plate.grrrrr – I’m so glad I have passed that-Get yourself a smaller plate-just put like 1 serving spoon of food-It may help some-And if you cook big-Take half out and put in the freezer for another meal-Good luck

I agree that you should put away any leftovers before sitting down to your meal. You are less likely to grap the second plate if everything is already put away.
You can do the same thing when eating out. Cut your food in half before you start eating. Put half of it away and eat the half still on your plate. Restaurant portions are usually twice what a normal person really needs to eat.

Another suggestion is to start weighing and measuring out your food and write down how much you eat. You don’t realize how much you eat sometimes until you see it all on paper.

The rest is just willpower! Hope that helps! Good Luck

Putting leftovers away first is SUCH a good idea. I’ve never really thought of doing that. Of course it’s rather impossible with my current living condition.. but once my fiance and I are in our own place I can easily do that.

Eat Slow. Eat until you feel full…
Then QUICK ! ……..go brush your teeth !! food always tastes awful after you brush and since you have just brushed you don’t want to dirty a clean mouth

All the ideas that were suggested are wonderful and will help tremendously if used. However, there’s one key factor in what you said to us– “My biggest problem is that I hate wasting food.” Where do you think that limiting belief is coming from? What happened in the past that now makes you think that you will be wasting food if you don’t “stop?” Until you figure that out, all the wonderful ideas, may only be a temporary fixes. Was food withheld from you at some point? Why do you feel the need to eat till you can’t breathe?

I would like to encourage you to stop and check in with your emotions, each time you sit down to eat. How do you feel? What’s coming up for you? Try coming up with a word that you can say to yourself that is your “ah ha moment” I want to eat this because I’m feeling this way…..and then you will be able to stop and put some perspective on it. You might just realize you really don’t want the food, but it’s the emotions behind your actions that want to be comforted.

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I completely agree with this… I have realized that my eating is 80% emotionally driven. All our lives we learn eating habits that may not be good for us but are so engrained in our lifestyles and environment, it’s hard to undo. I struggle a lot with the same problem you do. There are days when I can eat so much and not stop until I am so full I feel really uncomfortable. I also have been raised to never waste food, so I get where you are coming from.

We have to realize though that it is not the food we are powerless to but it’s our emotions that we battle to control in ourselves that make us turn to food for comfort and relief from our emotions. It may help while we are eating but once we are done, the pain returns, and we feel worse because of guilt and shame. We beat ourselves up and then the cycle continues. I notice on a particularly stressful day I will eat more.

It’s about taking the emotional attachment that we have intertwined with food and separate the two. It’s REALLY hard I know, but it is also NOT impossible.

All the ideas that were suggested are wonderful and will help tremendously if used. However, there’s one key factor in what you said to us– “My biggest problem is that I hate wasting food.” Where do you think that limiting belief is coming from? What happened in the past that now makes you think that you will be wasting food if you don’t “stop?” Until you figure that out, all the wonderful ideas, may only be a temporary fixes. Was food withheld from you at some point? Why do you feel the need to eat till you can’t breathe?

I would like to encourage you to stop and check in with your emotions, each time you sit down to eat. How do you feel? What’s coming up for you? Try coming up with a word that you can say to yourself that is your “ah ha moment” I want to eat this because I’m feeling this way…..and then you will be able to stop and put some perspective on it. You might just realize you really don’t want the food, but it’s the emotions behind your actions that want to be comforted.