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Overcoming Overeating

New Strategies to Stop Overeating Before You Start


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  • An easy way to stop the BLT (bites, licks and tastes) is to keep a measuring cup by what you are cooking. A 1/4 cup is probably easiest and I think the smallest measure in most sets. Fill it partially up with whatever and then take a teaspoon and stick it in so the gravy, soup etc coats the TIP only. Step away from the stove, taste cleanly. Do not put the spoon back in the cup but you can put the remaining contents back in the pot. We do this making large pots (2 - 5 quarts usually) of things like chili and soups and even casserole dishes. It's a little cumbersome but it works.
  • I think it's ok to taste when looking and agree with other comments about that. I really have trouble with the idea of chewing gum. You're essentially spitting on everything in front of you.
  • Oops... *dividing* your plate. I wish there was an edit option for comments... :)
  • Overall a very good article with lots of good advice, the diving your plate bit especially...but...

    I have to laugh at the "keep your hands busy" portion. You are telling a fat guy to do calisthenics while watching TV? What reality do these trainers live in ha ha. That is quite simply not real world advice. Sounds like too much school theory and not enough experience being fat. :)
  • I love the idea about dividing your plate. Great article!
  • It's so good to be reminded of these good tips that can help us every day! Thank you!!
    Actually, I've done several of these tips; they've worked for me!
    While I agree that Americans overeat, it's not because we are food obsessed, it's because we are disconnected to our food, bodies etc. Americans spend less time on food preparation than most cultures, devote less money as well. That doesn't sound particularly obsessed. This fear of getting fat is causing people to be afraid of devoting time and money to good food, they are so busy trying to avoid food, but they can't, because you need food to live, so they give up and gorge themselves on fast food, because they have no plan for eating healthy, it's not a priority. Embrace food, only then will you succeed.
    Sometimes overeating isn't so simple. It can be a symptom of a psychiatric illness as is the case in eating disorders. While the suggestions may be helpful to the average person, if you can't control your overeating, I would suggest you get professional help as you may have an eating disorder.

    I think I have similar problem about breaking good habits in the evening. Maybe the solution could be a new habit for the evening? Like taking a walk, or doing some light work (crafting in my case) that keeps the hands busy so they don't stray for the bag of crisps?

    I was surprised at your reaction to the picture - It's amazing how different perception can be. I saw very little beef on the plate, most of it was (to my eyes) fried food, refined carbs and sauce. The glass could just as well have been root beer AFAIK. I was actually glad that for once the overweight person wasn't a woman shoveling cake into her mouth; something I've seen in plenty of articles and books on the subject.
  • Such a great eye opener. Really enjoyed this. Thanks very much.
  • I really found the accompanying photo offensive. To imply that we are fat because we eat beef or drink alcohol is just perpetuating a stereotype.
  • JOANNEA1952
    My husband and I eat out a lot, and I have figured out how to do this without gaining weight. Just like the article said: I either ask for just vinegar or lemon juice to put on a salad, and I ask to eliminate any cheese it may come with. I never eat any bread that may come with the meal. I order salmon (first choice) or another fish, chicken or lean pork for an entree. I substitute a double order of vegetables for any starch included, and I may have a dry sweet potato on occasion (I never eat white potatoes of any kind). I also enjoy a pre- dinner cocktail and wine on occasion. I may have a taste of my husband's dessert, if he should order one (which is rare). Also, I rarely eat red meat, but I may splurge on a steak once or twice a year. I know this sounds really restrictive, but I really enjoy having a social dinner out with my husband (and friends, on occasion), and I focus on the social aspects of the meal more than I do on the food itself. After 15 years of weight gains/losses of 10 to 30 pounds, I've finally figured out how to maintain a constant weight of 100 pounds (I'm 60 years old and very petite). I enjoy everything I eat, but I am very disciplined about what I eat. Giving up all the fattening foods I used to love became a lifestyle that took several years to achieve, but it is so worth the effort it took to get there.
    I have not yet found a solution. If anyone has an idea, I would appreciate it.

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