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! 😉
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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