The main cause of weight gain is overeating. Many overweight people would say that they never intend to overeat, it just happens and when it does, it’s usually followed my fatigue, sleepiness and laziness. It also makes them feel stuffed and gross.
When you overeat, it is often because you are preoccupied or involved in another activity such as watching a favorite TV show, rushing to get back to work, thinking about your busy schedule, or engaging in conversation with company over a meal at a restaurant.
All of these actions make you think about everything else in the world except what you are eating. You are surrounded by food and everything looks really good. Next thing you know, you can’t get up from your seat and feel like you need to unbutton your pants. How did this happen? You don’t even remember eating that much. These become the thoughts spinning in your head.
As difficult as it sounds, when you are eating, you shouldn’t let yourself become too relaxed or distracted from the task at hand. Your head needs to communicate with your body. Especially in your earliest attempts to change your eating habits, you need to listen very closely to what your stomach has to say. As I have mentioned in my earlier posts, to lose weight you can eat whatever you want, as long as you eat less of it than you are used to.
You know how much you normally eat. Now conduct an experiment and put on your plate 20% less of the portion that you usually consume. Eat it very slowly and wait a few minutes after you are done, and then ask yourself: “Did I eat so little that I still feel super hungry, and, if I don’t eat anything until the next meal, then would I feel like I’m starving? Be honest with yourself. Are you really going to suffer if you eat a tiny bit less?
Eating 20% less won’t make you still feel hungry, but it will help you realize that you feel perfectly fine without guzzling down the whole plate. Doing this will not only make you less lethargic, but it will also make you feel proud of yourself for eating less and having a good start to your weight loss journey. After a day or two, or whenever you feel that you have mastered this technique, take the next step and decrease the amount of your food by 30% and see how it feels. Still not starving? If you feel too hungry, then go back to your 20%. Remember, that every time you eat something you need to ask yourself this question.
You also need to have a cautionary and motivating thought in your head at all times, which will help you make your decision. It could be something like: If I don’t eat more of this I will be losing weight and if I overeat again and won’t lose any weight and feel stuffed, gross and miserable again. The inspiring thought could be: If I keep eating less, I will lose weight and look fabulous at my school Prom/Class reunion. Think of anything that motivates you.
As you keep doing this, over time your body will get used to you asking its opinion on if its full or not. It will start sending signals to your brain when to stop. This is the secret how skinny people stay so skinny. Overweight person’s body is not used to being asked. It just knows that that person will stuff lots of food into their stomach and only once there is absolutely no more room, the person will stop, while a skinny person’s body is used to being asked all the time and likes to answer before even hearing the question.