5 mistakes that lead to overeating!
1. You Skip Breakfast
Skipping breakfast may seem like a great way to save calories, but when you head to your next meal, you'll be far more likely to gorge yourself on whatever's in sight. If you never seem to have time to cook a healthy breakfast, plan ahead and cook up one of these healthy make-ahead recipes.
2. You Eat By a Screen
Always chowing down in front of the TV or computer causes most people to overeat since they're not connected to the activity of eating. When your mind is focused on the plot of your show or all those e-mails, it's significantly harder to focus on how full you feel. Designate mealtimes for just that: meals. The tube will still be there once you're done.
3. You Don't Practice Portion Control
Either order a limited amount of food, be mindful about how you're feeling as you eat, or take Jillian Michaels's extreme tip and just throw away leftovers. Hopefully you have enough self-control to take a step back and say no to that second enormous slice of pizza, but do whatever works for you.
4. You Confuse Hunger and Thirst
Many people confuse the sensation of thirst for hunger. If you've recently eaten and you're feeling unsatisfied, take this advice from Mara Z. Vitolins, R.D., and Wake Forest assistant professor of public health sciences: "It's hard to distinguish between being thirsty and being hungry, so try drinking water and waiting 20 to 30 minutes to see if you're still hungry."
5. You overeat after a workout
Once you finish a tough workout, don't use it as an excuse to overindulge in a big decadent treat. Unless it's mealtime, your average post-workout snack should be about 150 calories. If it's time for dinner, try one of these quick and healthy post-workout dinners. When you have something waiting for you at home, you won't be as tempted to head to a drive-through.
(Women´s Health Magazine)
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