Overeating is one of the most common health mistakes people make. You can spend countless hours at the gym and stock your house with heart-healthy foods but if you don’t know when to stop eating, you’ll never reach your weight loss goals.
If you love food, preventing yourself from overeating can seem like an impossible task. The good news is, it’s not. It’s actually very simple. Follow these 10 simple rules and you’ll see just how easy it is to control your appetite:
1. Eat Slower
Eating slower is one of the most effective and easiest ways to avoid overeating. Not only will you take the time to actually enjoy what you’re eating but you’ll also give your body the time it needs to send the message to your brain when you’re full. Eating too fast means that by the time your brain receives the message that you’re full, you’ve already consumed far too much. It actually takes around 20 minutes for your brain to get this message, so make it a habit to slow down and savor your meals.
There’s another benefit to eating slower. When you wait for the signal to tell you you’re full, you obviously eat less because your body recognizes it’s had enough. And eating less could help you lose weight or at least control it. It’s not about starving yourself – slowing down will still result in eating enough food, but you’ll also lower your calorie intake at the same time.