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Overcoming Overeating

New Strategies to Stop Overeating Before You Start



4/17/2011 8:58:43 AM

This is a really good article with helpful tips. The only problem tho' is when it's emotional over-eating, hunger has nothing to do with it. Even if your full, if it's an emotional issue, there's binging. Eating fruits and vegetables to stay full longer is healthy but it wil never STOP emotional over-eating from happening.


3/26/2011 9:08:51 AM

KWRIGHT26's SparkPage
This article is a good place to start overcoming overeating. I think the next step (or the first step) should be eating ONLY when hungry. I tend to eat only healthy foods: skinless chicken, fruit, vegetables dipped in hummus, salads. I limit my sugar and I don't drink juices, sodas, or fancy coffee (although I sometimes have a latte for a snack and call it a protein boost). My problem is that I eat when I'm not hungry, but when I feel like I'm "scheduled" to eat. I typically go 100-400 calories over even though I eat "what food eats" as it were. I have to work very hard to pay close attention to whether I'm hungry or not, and to eat small amounts and stop when I'm full instead of when my plate is empty, or when I've hit a calorie amount for that meal. When I do, though, I hit my mark every time.

The only note here I disagree with is tasting while cooking. With few exceptions (like a meal you've made a thousand times or something fairly ordinary that you know what it tastes like), good cooking requires the occasional taste test. I'm not willing to take the leap of faith required to prep and serve a meal without checking and adjusting seasoning and texture even once. As long as it's a tiny taste once or twice and not whole spoonfuls of food, the effect should be mostly negligible, and of course we can always track those tastings!


10/27/2010 9:52:28 AM

This article was very helpful...I'm eating the right things and now I know how to tell when I am eating too much of the right things.


3/7/2010 9:35:18 AM

PAMBWS's SparkPage
Good article - useful, sensible, 'do-able' tips.

In a restaurant, when finished my meal, I not only cover the 'left overs' with my napkin, but actually push the plate away from myself. Even though it is moved only an inch or two, the mostly symbolic action of pushing it away seems to help signal my mind and body that I am truly finished eating.


10/22/2009 9:51:30 PM

Thank you for the information. A lot of these ideas never came to mind before. Going to try them all :) Thanks again.


10/22/2009 9:51:25 PM

Thank you for the information. A lot of these ideas never came to mind before. Going to try them all :) Thanks again.


10/22/2009 9:47:48 PM

Thank you for the information. A lot of these ideas never came to mind before. Going to try them all :) Thanks again.


7/28/2009 7:40:09 AM

DUTRIFIT's SparkPage
This is an excellent summary of usefull guidelines.


6/4/2009 7:54:12 AM

MGM8634's SparkPage
I can be very disciplined with what I eat (most of the time). My problem is portion control and eating, just to eat. I've been reading articles and comments on SP. I am impressed and hoping it'll motivate me to relose the 20 lbs I've regained. It took me a 1+ to lose by going to the gym. Too costly, so had to sacrifice the gym. Now the price I pay is the lack of motivation to take it off again, on my own. I love Zumba (dance exercise) but nothing offered locally. I recommend to anyone that can go to one of these classes.


5/4/2009 2:42:22 PM

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When I watch tv, I like to do crunches, pushups or some type of in-place exercise during the commercials.


5/4/2009 2:40:50 PM

These are great ideas I already do many of them. As far as not tasting food as you cook it, to some extent you must. Afterall, you do want to make sure that you didn't subsititute cayenne for paprika.
When we go out to eat, I almost always have the sauce or extras on the side; my husband says eating with me is like eating with Sally from "When Harry Met Sally".
Finally, when I'm watching tv I like t


3/22/2009 10:26:57 PM

2009GETINLINE's SparkPage
Use the calculator for mixed foods. That vegetable mixed with other vegetables can be miss leading. Okra, tomatoes, onion, olive oil and seasonings. Is not just okra.
I cook in bulk and this is my problem. This is a great article I will try vegetables this way and see what happends.


1/2/2009 9:16:07 AM

If you ask the staff to make changes, box half the entree before bringing it out, etc. and they help you, please remember that when you're calculating the tip.


2/12/2008 5:02:52 AM

This article is great for people like me. "Listening to my body" is how I got obese. My body is a liar, and always says its hungry. I just need to learn to eat with my head.


12/9/2007 5:20:44 PM

Great article but I think something's missing: learn to listen to your body and stop when you are satisfied. I've struggled with compulsive overeating / binge eating disorder for almost all my life, and only when I learned to listen to my real hunger signals instead of my emotional ones, did I actually start to improve. A lot of these have worked for me too, but sometimes being a control freak about food just makes me want to rebel!

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