Sheer willpower seldom works when it comes to changing your diet. Instead of trying to force yourself, why not try one of these tips instead? These four techniques are easy to use and can have a profound impact on your eating habits.==> Eat Slowly
Did you know that if you took 20 minutes to eat a burger, you’d probably feel more full than if you took 5 minutes to eat both burgers and fries?
The body has a built-in system for detecting when a meal is “finished.” One of the tools your body uses to measure when a meal is about done is time.
Eat slower. In fact, when you’re establishing the habit, try setting a goal for how long you want to take to finish a meal.
By eating slower, you feel like you’re eating a lot of food, even if you’re not. You’ll get full while still eating less.
==> Turn Off Distractions while Eating
One reason a lot of people overeat is that they’re simply not attuned to their body’s “full” signals. Their bodies may be telling them that they’ve had enough food, but they just don’t hear the signal.
One common reason for this is because of outside stimulus. If you’re watching the latest episode of Lost or chatting with a friend on Facebook while eating, it’s very difficult to hear your body’s messages.
To remedy this, try eating with no distractions. Pay attention to your body’s signals and listen when your body tells you it’s full.
Your body is actually a very well-tuned device, designed to be able to self-regulate how much nutrition and calories it takes in. If you reduce distractions and learn to listen to its signals, that alone could change your eating habits.
==> Eliminate Appetite-Stimulating Foods
For just 30 days, try eliminating all foods that chemically stimulate appetite.
What foods are these? Basically, any food that’s considered a “junk food.” That includes fast food, microwave dinners, chips, candies, sodas, etc.
These foods are deliberately engineered to be mildly addictive. They interfere with your body’s natural appetite and “full” signals. In addition, they also pack a wallop of calories.
Don’t give them up for good. But just try going without them for 30 days and see what kind of effect it has. You might notice such a big difference that you never go back.
==> Drink Plenty of Water
Often times when you feel like you need to eat, it’s actually your body’s signal for water.
If you’re perpetually dehydrated (as many people are), your body might “believe” there’s not enough water to go around and constantly send signals for water and food.
Instead, try drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day for 2 weeks. You’ll be surprised at just how thirsty you are once your body realizes there’s enough water to go around.
If you really weren’t hydrated enough and you start hydrating your body, you’ll quickly find that your appetite will drop, you’ll start losing weight and you’ll have more energy in general.
These four techniques can help just about anyone to control overeating. Pick the one(s) that appeal the most to you and put them into action today.