Your Stomach is the Size of Your Fist

Your Stomach is the Size of Your Fist - Most people are unaware of how dramatically they are overeating. However, with a little knowledge and a few tips it can easily be fixed! #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #HealthyEating

Your Stomach is the Size of Your Fist - Most people are unaware of how dramatically they are overeating. However, with a little knowledge and a few tips it can easily be fixed! #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #HealthyEating

 

Did you know that your stomach is about the size of your fist? Most people are very surprised to hear this! When you look at traditional portions and hold up your fist to it the difference can be shocking. You may be eating as much as 3-6 times the size of your fist! This can lead to bloating, digestive discomfort, low energy, mood swings and weight gain.

 

Now, going without food or getting too hungry is never a good option either. Letting your blood sugar drop is actually a very bad thing. However, if we look closely at the reasons most people tend to eat too much we can find an easy solution.

 

The first, and probably most common, reason most people eat far more food than they need is that they are malnourished. In a country where junk food and fast food are running rampant it’s easy to fill up on food that has no nutrition. The end result is that our bodies don’t have what they need to survive so we crave the nutrition. Not knowing where to get it we tend to just shove more and more food in. It really creates a vicious cycle.

The fix for this can actually be pretty simple. Consuming a balance of foods that are packed with nutrition and are health promoting will cause the body to feel full, satisfied and happy! Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, etc. are exactly what a malnourished body needs.

 

A second reason most people are eating far more than the size of their fist is purely habit! We go to restaurants, receive a plate full of food and finish it off. We dish up a large plate at dinner and don’t want any of it to go to waste so we gulp it down without really realizing how much we’ve consumed.

Another thing most people don’t realize is that is takes our brain about 20 minutes to register that we are full. This means if we eat 3-6 times the size of our fist in 7-15 minutes, we are going to feel simply miserable in 20.

An easy way to break this habit of eating too much is to be a little more conscious about how much food you are taking. Hold your fist up to your plate for a while and see if you really need that much. Using a smaller plate is a great help as well. If you are at a restaurant ask for a box to take half of it home in or split half with a friend. It can help cut costs too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Once again, it’s important to not go hungry so don’t be afraid to take baby steps. Our stomachs can become stretched if we have overeaten for a long time so it may take a while to get things where they should be. Making sure your meals are full of nutrition is a great way to make sure you stay full and satisfied.

 

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What are some tricks you use to make eating healthy a habit?

 

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10 Comment

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing at Sunday Fitness & Food…Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ilka says: Reply

    Amazing that our stomachs are really not that big at all – great info! Pinning and stumbling!

  3. Anne says: Reply

    This is great information! we are surrounded by food all of the time and are encouraged to eat it all!

    1. Easy Peasy Life Matters Easy Peasy Life Matters says: Reply

      It’s so true! We used to eat tons and tons at each meal. We’ve felt so much better since we started only eating what we need. Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Karen says: Reply

    Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real Friday party. I love the visual. We do have a tendency to eat more than what we need. Another reason is that junk food is just not as filling. Sugar creates cravings that make us want to eat more. Will be scheduling on my Inner Savvy Wellness Facebook page.

    1. Easy Peasy Life Matters Easy Peasy Life Matters says: Reply

      Totally agree! Junk food is a huge problem. Thanks so much for hosting and for sharing! Have a wonderful day!

  7. Carlee says: Reply

    A good reminder! Looking at my fist definitely put things into better perspective!

    1. Easy Peasy Life Matters Easy Peasy Life Matters says: Reply

      That is exactly what we thought when we first learned this! We are so glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fabulous evening!

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