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Overcoming Overeating

New Strategies to Stop Overeating Before You Start


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  • 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.
    I have not yet found a solution. If anyone has an idea, I would appreciate it.
    I am usually very good over 90% of the day. I stay within my calorie range, eat plenty of fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water. Where I struggle is before bed. I am usually hungry. Some of the solutions here do not work well for me at that time. If I exercise, I have trouble getting to sleep. If I drink a lot of water, I will be getting up (my other problem is not sleeping well). If I just go to bed, I have not yet found a cure for
    This isn't a bad article, but the tips tend to suggest a diet that won't leave you satisfied. Oh, you might have enough food, but frankly, to me a salad with grilled chicken and just enough dressing to taste sounds like something I'd give up 20 years of my life to avoid eating every day. And too much of this advice leaves out the important role that fat plays in a satisfying diet. If I eat three strips of real bacon (turkey bacon is basically no better) and two over-easy eggs for breakfast, that's only 260 calories, but it's 260 calories that's going to keep me satisfied until lunchtime. I could eat 260 calories of whole grain oatmeal with a splash of skim milk, and it would not only be unsatisfying taste-wise, I would be hungry in two hours.

    That being said, the article does mention nuts and eating protein, but I just wish that more articles would keep in mind the role of fat in our diet.
    I agree with happeningfish that it's very important to listen to one's body: eat when hungry, stop when enough...
    And fruit for dessert? This will give most people a bloated feeling. Fruit as I understand it is best eaten on an empty stomach. So better to turn it around and have fruit BEFORE a meal, not afterwards.
  • One thing the left out is ordering off the kids menu! Most restaurants have one plus; There's less food, less cost and they do have healthy options. Another thing you can do is split your meal with your date and split the cost :)
  • Thanks for all the tips. I do- or have done- most of these things, and have found that they are truly helpful. My problem is that when all around me are out of control, it´s difficult to not eat too much...for example at a family gathering with lots of junk food.
  • It's always good to have more tips for overcoming temptation and overeating.

    One question with which I came away from the article is--I thought it wasn't a good idea to drink while eating, because it dilutes the stomach acids needed for digestion?

    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.
  • 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!
    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.

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