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"Defend Yourself Against" OVEREATING

Updated: May 18, 2023

Did you know that overeating can cause a host of issues like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, cancers, depression and even


I don't know about you, but we sure don't want that!

Approximately 4 million people in the US struggle with overeating tendencies.

Eating too much in one sitting or taking in too many calories throughout the day are common habits that can be super hard to break.

For some, a change in habits can break these behaviors, but for others this can be a sign of an eating disorder that may require professional help.

We want to be very clear, we are not Gastroenterologists or Psychologists and we do not intend to cure or prevent any disease.

Our goal for this blog is to merely shed light upon the topic of overeating and provide you with resources that could help.

We know this process can be hard, so we put together a few helpful tips to help motivate and inspire you to make the change for yourself.

A great first step in adopting better eating habits is to work on establishing healthy portion sizes based on your body's fuel requirements. Your body is a machine, you need to fuel it, but too much fuel will be stored as fat.

But, everyone is different, the energy or calories needed for one person may not be enough or could be too much for someone else. Calories are a measurement of energy we use and get from our food.

Energy requirements and portion size can change based on stressors in life, whether the stressor is physical, emotional and/or chemical.

Your goal is to focus primarily on getting the right amount of calories for the day, no more and no less. Try this simple formula to get an idea of your daily caloric needs;

For women, BMR = 655.1 + (9.563 x weight in kg) + (1.850 x height in cm) - (4.676 x age in years)

For men, BMR = 66.47 + (13.75 x weight in kg) + (5.003 x height in cm) - (6.755 x age in years)

Another great way to overcome overeating is to get rid of distractions, when you are distracted you can mindlessly overeat. So, turn off the TV, put your phone down, and focus on your food and learn to savor it.

The very act of approaching your food as a blessing and giving thanks for it can help you understand that food is for nurturing the body and not just for our pleasure.

Also, you don't have to ban your favorite foods altogether, pair your favorite foods with low calorie, high fiber options.

Eating a side salad or "brothy" soup before enjoying pizza can help to reduce the amount of pizza you end up eating. This tip will help you eat a variety of foods, and also helps you fill up on a better option first.

Also, learn to eat regular meals, you don't want to go all day without eating, this can lead to binge eating. And Don’t be afraid to change, change is your friend, so change up your food and food times periodically and learn what works best for you.

Lastly the all important, Hydration!! Our bodies are made up of approximately 75% water. Hunger pains can be a sign of being dehydrated, so hydration super is key! Drink half your body weight in ounces per day.

When it comes to overeating, it’s best to know how much your body needs and only give it what it requires.

By developing a healthy relationship with food, we can better understand food's purpose as a form of energy and not just a tasty treat.

Do your best to enjoy life and in order to enjoy life fully, we must work to overcome challenges like overeating.

We thank you for reading, if you enjoyed this blog, drop us a like and check out the video version of this blog on our YouTube channel, Beth & Will. Make sure to subscribe and hit the notification bell to be notified when a new video comes out.

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