You may laugh about your burrito-induced “food baby” and Thanksgiving “food coma,” but overeating feels physically and emotionally awful — especially when it happens regularly. Overeating is simply the act of consuming more calories than needed in large portions leading you to feel uncomfortably full. Whether this happens to you on a regular basis or just during holidays and vacations, it’s probably not something you enjoy. In addition to the sick feeling in your stomach and indigestion, you may feel guilt, low self-esteem, and out of control.
Here are some easy-to-implement tips that can help you stay in control of your relationship with food.
1. Serve yourself moderately
According to a study in the International Journal of Obesity, the average adult eats 92% of what they serve themselves. This means, if you serve yourself a giant mountain of mashed potatoes, you’re probably going to eat them all. If you have trouble with portion control, serve yourself a smaller amount to start and if you’re still hungry, take a small second serving later.