Losing Weight: Redefine "Full" in Four Steps
Overeating is about more than reckless epic binges or always ordering the double large portion from your favorite restaurant. In many cases it can
actually be a very subtle occurrence, done one small step at a time rather than in a big and noticeable way. For example, do you frequently find
yourself eating just a little too much, so you feel lethargic or uncomfortable after most meals? Do you look at your empty plate, decide to have just a
bit more, and find yourself regretting it half an hour later?
These are classic signs of overeating, and they are entirely manageable with good habit building. Remember the basic truth about replacing bad
habits with good ones: it only takes 30 to 60 days to get a good habit established.
Just the Right Amount Leaves You Feeling Just Right
We've discussed the difference between cravings and hunger before, and this article touches on a similar subject. Our perception of hunger and
satisfaction can lead us astray if we're not used to reading that perception properly. We sometimes eat quickly and think we're still a bit hungry once
our plate is cleaned, so we try to have a bit more. The problem is that our body often is a little slow to realize the stomach is full, and thus we outrun
our senses and overeat until we feel too full.
There are some signs you can use to recognize if you're overeating. Frequently suffering from post-food coma and lethargy is a sure sign of
overeating. You should never feel bloated after a meal. You should feel comfortable, without either aches from too much food or pangs from having
too little. Instead, recognize the sense of equilibrium, feel that you've had just enough and feel good from it.
Four Keys to Feeling Properly Full
As with all good habits, developing a proper sense of satisfied fullness is not one big step that is accomplished overnight, but a series of distinct
elements that can be tackled one at a time to make the task easier and more manageable.
1. Take control of every meal. Don'