by Freda Robertson
Causes of overeating are as many and varied as the food we love. There are certain medical and psychological causes such as depression, overeating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and binge-eating, and physical deficiencies like leptin and certain vitamins and minerals.
There are some hidden causes for overeating, and if you’re overweight because you overeat, pay attention to some of the hidden causes that can sabotage any diet plan you may have.
Stress is one of the main causes that people overeat and even binge at times. Tension and anxiety at work or situations with family or friends can be the triggers that cause you to reach for comfort foods like sweets, breads, sauces or anything that contains a high amount of calories.
If you notice that you overeat uncontrollably when you’re under a great deal of stress, fill your refrigerator and cupboard with snack items that are filling rather than empty calories. Foods such as readily available fruits and veggies like carrots, celery and apples are both crunchy and satisfying.
Insomnia will sometimes push overeaters over the edge to bingeing and loss of control over what they eat. If you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, you may notice that you’re tired and lack the energy to prepare nutritious meals or exercise. You’ll compensate for your sleep deprivation by eating more sugars and foods loaded with carbohydrates.
Fiber included in your dietary habits ensures that you’ll feel like you’ve had enough to eat. Lack of fiber makes you want to eat more calories to make up for the feeling of hunger.
Boredom is another cause of overeating. If you find yourself gorging on empty calorie foods when you’re bored, get out of the rut you’re in by finding something to keep you busy during those times. Watching television and boredom at work can be triggers that cause you to overeat. Make sure you have healthy snacks available during those times.
Portions of food can be killers to a diet plan. Notice how you fill your plate at each meal and if you constantly eat at restaurants that offer huge portions. A little bit of what you like goes a long way to satisfying cravings and hunger pains.
Several small meals during the day might be in order if you’re consuming larger portions of food. At restaurants, you may want to split an entrée with your dining companion – or take half of the order home.
Pay attention to what and when you eat and watch out for the overeating causes that can pack on the extra weight.
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