Mental Tricks to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays

It may look good, but too much of anything is never good for you


Between holiday parties, family get-togethers, work gatherings and friends events, this is the season we are most likely to indulge.[slideshow:81796]

That feeling when you are so full, you can’t stand up and truthfully just don’t want too. That’s the feeling you need to avoid this holiday season. Who really wants to feel sick at their holiday party? No one.

Knowing when to stop eating is key. Yes, the food looks amazing but its important not to over indulge in it.

So, no more secretly unbuttoning that top button of your pants at the table. Here are some mental tricks to help you Avoid Overeating During the Holidays.


Don’t arrive to your holiday party hungry

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Don’t go to your holiday party hungry! Eat a healthy snack before your party this way you avoid overeating once you get there. Try a snack that contains protein and fiber like mixed nuts.


Eat Slower

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When you eat fast, you are consuming so many calories; before you know it you have cleaned your plate. You may feel like you haven’t had enough food, so you reach for more. It is proven that when you eat slower, you eat less.


Drink a lot of water

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Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water, keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Make sure you are drinking water before you eat and while you eat. This in turn will curb your hunger, leaving you feeling fuller faster. *Tip: Not a fan of water? Try flavored water.


Get enough sleep

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Not getting enough sleep is associated with eating too much food and gaining weight.  According to Wellness Resources, “Food acquisition is required for survival.  When your body is tired, as in the case of a lack of sleep, your cells think they need more energy.  This can trigger powerful subconscious urges to eat.” So, for a healthy metabolism, make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.


Are you bored?


Do you tend to eat when you are bored? You must get out of this habit! Try keeping yourself busy with something else… Go to the gym and get in a workout, call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, or just simply go for a walk.


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