How to get rid of overeating

It was previously believed that overeating belongs to the category of eating disorders. Currently, it is considered a disease. However, if desired, one can get rid of this by changing the attitude and approach to food eating.

Causes of overeating

Overeating often occurs because of increased consumption of food in the attempt to get rid of a state of anxiety. This eating behavior does not lead to health problems if it does not happen on a daily basis, and you can anticipate the danger on time.

As a rule, overeating is not associated with hunger and is the result of a certain mood. The desire to eat often arises at a time when a person is concerned about or in a state of anxiety. Therefore, you should try to change your negative mood.

People suffering from overeating feel an irresistible desire to eat, but try not to do so for fear of gaining weight. However, there are moments of control loss because of external emotional problems, stress, disappointment or other feelings.

Most people suffering from gluttony overeat from one to two times a week up to ten times a day. This can be as usual food, so and high-calorie food with increased fat content: fast food, cakes, cookies, chocolate etc. This is the most common disorder and can become the beginning of obesity.


Overeating: symptoms

Overeating is characterized by strong satiety and feeling of heaviness. Consumption of excess number of calories inhibits motor function and makes the person to lead a sedentary lifestyle. At the next stage, a desire to have a snack using sweet or other foods containing a large amount of carbohydrates appears.

All this complicates digestion and negatively affect the internal organs, and at times, even leads to distaste and further intolerance of some foods consumed in excessive amounts.

If cases of overeating are often repeated, especially in the evening, physical activity is minimal, and you consume calories more than expends, then weight gain is inevitable.

It is believed that the person suffers from food dependence if he has the following signs:

  • thoughts about food throughout the whole day;
  • loss of control over the process of food intake;
  • the desire to eat alone;
  • eating during stress;
  • feeling of dissatisfaction with yourself because of a plentiful meal;
  • inability to stop eating, even after realizing that enough food is eaten.

Because of overeating, the person experiences drowsiness, working capacity decreases and digestion process worsens. Food not excreted from the body in time begins to decompose, causing reproduction of putrefactive bacteria. Discomfort and bloating occur. Unprocessed food poisons the body and may cause kidney and liver problems.

Overeating: consequences

Unhealthy food is often characterized by a pleasant aroma and unique taste. This provokes consumption of such food in unlimited quantities, causing overeating and contributing to development of obesity-related diseases besides obesity itself.

High content of fats, sugar, calories and artificial dyes adversely affect health and cause the following:

  1. Psychological problems. Use of harmful food in large quantities can lead to anxiety and disappointment.
  2. Premature aging. Such food is not able to satiate you with useful substances. All organs, including the skin, suffer from this.
  3. Dependence development. Eating of food in large quantities stimulates pleasure center of the brain, and acts on it in the same way as after using drugs.
  4. It leads to premature death. Excess weight increases the possibility of attacks of ischemic heart disease.
  5. Development of depression. Excessive use of unhealthy food increases the risk of developing this disease by 51%.

*Healthy diet will help to protect from overeating problems.

Overeating: how to get rid of it

What can you do if you suffer from overeating?

  • Determine the cause. Each time write down what circumstances led you to overeating. Pay special attention to those feelings that you were experienced before and after overeating. Understanding what emotions or situations encourage you to eat without control is the first step to find an alternative that will help to cope with this problem.
  • Try to change bad mood. Strive to spend your free time in such a way to feel yourself good: meet friends, do your favorite sport, spend time with your family. This will help to prevent possible overeating.
  • Avoid diets and focus only on weight maintenance until you can successfully control your diet.
  • Be self-critical. Learn how to challenge negative thoughts. Learn to abstract yourself from them. If you cannot do it by yourself, ask a specialist for help.
  • If you have excess weight resulting from overeating, you should start to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
  • Control your purchases so that not to fall into temptation. To do this, make a clear list of what and how much you need to buy before going to the supermarket. Avoid high-calorie food products and buy healthy ones suitable for possible snacks.
  • Place a bet on a certain type of food. For example, raw carrots and celery will help you to reduce anxiety. They are also ideal for weight loss.

It is worth trying to change your attitude to the situation and your well-being both physical and psychological will surely improve.