Avoid the overeating bug

Overeating can be avoided and so you can still have an enjoyable meal.

Even with the holidays over, there are still lingering celebrations and get-togethers occurring. The sweets and treats tend to pop-up everywhere. With all of these delicious temptations, how do we avoid overeating without sacrificing our favorite treats? Here are some tips from Michigan State University Extension.

  1. If you find yourself wanting a treat, ask yourself, why? Are you eating because the food is there or because your body is telling you that you need nourishment?
  2. Don’t skip meals to ‘bank’ your calories for the big dinner or dessert. Skipping these meals causes your body to go into starvation mode and actually slow down your metabolism. Instead, try eating more balanced meals that will keep you full, but still leave you with an appetite for the big meal.
  3. Slow down! Do you find yourself scarfing down the ham and mashed potatoes? Take your time while eating your meals; it should take you at least twenty minutes to complete your first helping of food. After your first helping wait a few minutes, if you are still hungry then help yourself to seconds.
  4. Craving some sweets? It’s ok to indulge in some cookies or a piece of cake, but if you find yourself overeating, try sucking on a peppermint or hard candy. This will help satisfy your sweet tooth without contributing a ton of calories and sugar.
  5. Portion out your food. Following the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines your plate should be filled half with fruits and vegetables, one-quarter with grains (preferably whole grains) and one-quarter proteins.
  6. Don’t forget to move. With the colder weather, for most of us this means more time spent inside where it is warm. Just because you cannot get physical activity outside does not mean there isn’t ways for you to move around and get your heart pumping. Adults should get around two-and-a-half hours or 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week. Pairing physical activity with a healthy diet is a great way to stay healthy anytime of the year. So find something that gets your heart pumping and move.

Do not let the fear of overeating keep you away from enjoying your favorite holiday dishes. Eating these treats in moderation is okay.

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