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How to Avoid Overeating

Healthy Eating Tip: Use Overeating as a Learning Experience

Remember when Kate Moss shared her food motto, "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"? Well, I've been trying to live by a healthier version of this philosophy: nothing tastes as good as not overeating feels. Every time I eat so much that I feel grossly full (often on holidays or when dining out), I am reminded how much I don't like the feeling of being stuffed.

I find myself thinking, "Did that food really taste so good that it's worth feeling so yucky now?" Almost always, the answer is no. Instead, I wish I'd eaten more slowly, noted when I was full, and packed up the leftovers to enjoy later. Plus, after reading The End of Overeating, I learned that our brains are programmed to crave more fatty, salty, and high sugar foods, so I'm determined to break the cycle.

Overeating is bound to happen sometimes, but when you do overeat, don't beat yourself up over it. Just look at it as a learning experience, a helpful reminder to stop eating when you're full.

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xos65 xos65 4 years
I love to overeat its not bad for you who care if you get fat! i used to be skinny and i don't want to be a disgusting twig anymore, i always eat till my stomach hurts, it feels so good being stuffed with fattening junk food. I love eating competitions, food makes all problems disappear. fat people are sexy & not disgusting and ugly like skinny people. so over eat like most people and feel the healing power of food!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
For me, it's a fine line between eating too much and eating not enough and feeling hungry later. I find that if I fill up on fruits and veggies, I don't get that icky bloated feeling. Back when I was in college and really could EAT, I once ate an entire tube of raw cookie dough. I will NEVER do that again! It was awful.
JuicyNoelle JuicyNoelle 7 years
I find that when I prepare my own foods, the overeating happens much less frequently. But when I'm out to dinner or out with a group of friends its much harder. In those cases, I try and dial up my diligence the next day.
Advah Advah 7 years
I completely agree with the first two comments!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I was going through a bingey stage last week and quit mostly because I was so sick of my digestive system being so out of whack. It's true, I need to remember that it's not worth it.
nancita nancita 7 years
Brittneylb, that is a great thing to remember. Rarely do I regret not having another bite...unless it's something really amazing that I can't eat again. and really I should probably get over that too!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- I don't like that overeating feeling either. To me, it's similar to a hang-over -- yucky, and in my opinion, just not worth it.
Brittneylb Brittneylb 7 years
I think of the gym motto that "You will regret not working out but you never regret working out" and apply it to food. Will I regret not having that last piece or bite? Nine times out of ten the answer is no. When I eat only until I am no longer hungry, I feel much better. It is hard to resist temptation, but it gets easier once you get in the habit. You can always eat more later if you get hungry again!
imLissy imLissy 7 years
naw, it's always worth it. I love food so much *hugs food*. I'll enjoy my super fast metabolism while I can.
ceej ceej 7 years
Gee if only Kate Moss showed such restraint when it came to cocaine. Sorry, but seeing her name associated with anything regarding health is anathema to me.
Asche Asche 7 years
@Anon: Fit had a tip recently that really helped me to conquer my overeating habits--Chewing. It seems so simple, but if you really focus on chewing your food thoroughly, you eat slower, thus preventing overeating. Try putting your fork down while you chew, and it really will slow you down.
Asche Asche 7 years
I love this motto! Overeating is the worst feeling. I do also agree with Kate Moss's quip. Perhaps she should have phrased it differently, but I think that if someone other than Kate Moss had said that (say, Jennifer Hudson), people would have felt inspired rather than attacking her.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
insanitypepper - same here! I used to love curling up and taking a nap with a full belly, or better yet, taking a hot shower then a nap. Nowadays, there's a part of me that remembers that and compels me to overeat, even though my body can't handle it anymore. I never feel comfortable when I eat too much - I just feel bloated and guilty.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I hate that stuffed feeling. As soon as I'm done and I realize I've overeaten it sort of kills the enjoyment of what I was chowing down on moments before and I can't wait for a few hours to pass so that I feel normal again.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I used to love feeling stuffed, before my "adult" metabolism set in.
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