Overeating can happen for a variety of reasons, both emotional and physical. We all indulge in overeating at some point in our life. But for some of us it is a way of life. Overeating can be an eating disorder or disorderly eating. Only babies keep themselves from overeating. They will keep themselves entertained and amused until their stomach growls and hunger pangs eat their happiness. But, shameless creatures we are, we hardly realise our severe eating instincts until we wipe out the pastry cartons or ice cream bowls.
What are the symptoms of overeating?
- Disability to control eating.
- Buying large quantities of food irresistibly.
- Eating alone due to the strange eating habits, consciously away from other.
- Difficulty in maintaining one’s healthy weight in spite of attempting to lose weight.
- Eating when in an emotional turmoil.
Most of us go through a phase of overeating, i.e. when your body demands extra. You may overeat if you haven’t been eating much all day or when you have already eaten enough but wanted to relish some sweets. But when it goes out of control, then you have a problem.
Have you examined whether you have been eating enough or more?
If you feel that you have been overeating it may because
- You haven’t had enough all day. So eat a good breakfast and timely meals.
- You are bored and idling around without anything to do. You tend to watch TV alone or listen to some music munching some nuts. Turn off your TV and turn off your habits.
- You feel you have not had enough. The present generation is a health conscious one which tries to keep itself healthy and skinny. But we have our instincts and the indomitable eating stimuli lure us into tasty, yummy-looking things around.
- Some people overeat when they fail to keep themselves as “healthy” and skinny as they want to. The best thing to do about it is not to refrain from eating your favourite things but eating them in moderation.
- For some people, stress, unhappiness or frustration can tempt them to overeat. There is no point in going to food for solace when you are emotionally drained.
- One of the physiological reasons why one would overeat is Glucose Intolerance.
Help for Overeaters
The first simple logic to stop overeating is to eat only when you are hungry and to know to stop when you had enough. So far from what we have learned, this stopping part is the difficult one. Even if you stop, you tend to start after a few minutes succumbing to the temptations.
- The first ever thing you can do is to choose a satisfying but healthy food. Fibre rich foods are the best way to keep your tummy happy. Try not to hoard fatty, calorie-rich eatables like cheese, chocolates, pastries and fries. If you absolutely must have these foods, buy them in small quantities. Get a ton of different fruits and vegetables and nuts. Train yourself to snack on these healthy foods instead of empty calories.
- Learn the habit of eating slowly chewing each and every piece of what you eat. Take a sip of water as you chew gradually and swallow. This will not only help your overeating but also your digestion. It will give you a feeling of fullness before you reach out for more.
- Do not eat in front of the idiot box. It is believed that healthy eating would significantly mean eating with full focus on the food. More than your body, your brain will tell you when to stop.
Ayurveda offers help in the form of Caralumma an herb that inhibits hunger by sending signals to the appetite control centre of the brain
Don’t hesitate to get professional help if you feel your eating habits are out of control as overeating can cause several health issues.