Trying to Diet? Watch Out for Overeating Triggers

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People often eat for reasons other than hunger. Overeating can be caused by stress, anxiety and boredom, and can interfere with your health and reduce your quality of life.

Here are six tips on how to stop overeating so you can manage your weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

Practice mindful eating.

When you to use food as a coping tool, take a deep breath and ask yourself, “Am I hungry?” Mindful eating can help you pay attention to what you consume and reduce binge eating. Keep in mind there are many benefits to eating more slowly, including better digestion and better hydration. Attend an “Am I Hungry” workshop or ask your Health Partner for help with your eating goals.

Change up your routine.

Overeating tends to occur at specific times — for example, late in the evening while watching TV or in the middle of your workday when you’re feeling overwhelmed. To combat these feelings of stress, take a walk or do some light stretches instead. If you’re feeling real hunger, make sure you have plenty of fresh veggies or fruits in your refrigerator for a delicious and convenient snack.

Find a hobby.

When you focus on something that you enjoy, you can reduce your stress. Take a little time for yourself and relax with yoga, meditation or breathing exercises. You can also keep a journal or call a friend.

Take the next step.

More physical activity can bring balance to your life and take your mind off eating. Invite a friend or family member to a nearby park where you can catch up while taking a walk. Do some light stretching in your living room. Any form of exercise will help you eat less and move more.

Go straight to the source.

Another solution to overeating is to address sources of stress and find ways to overcome them. Whether you’re struggling with work deadlines, family issues or health problems, it’s important to identify the underlying issues and determine the best way to resolve them.

Satisfy your craving.

If you’re really in the mood for a certain type of food — for example, a cookie or a slice of pizza — give yourself permission to indulge every once in a while. Then, once you’ve enjoyed your favorite treat, you can return to your regularly scheduled diet full of whole grains, lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you feel like overeating is an issue, it may be wise to consult with your primary care physician for further support and guidance.

Want more information? Call MissionPoint Health Partners at 855-288-6747 or email us at members@missionpointhealth.org to learn how a Health Partner can work with you to improve your health.