Don't Out Pace Your Brain at Mealtime

Family Dinner at the Table

Ten minutes after hurriedly eating the hamburger and French fries you purchased from the drive-through window of your favorite fast food restaurant, you feel stuffed. Because you’re so full, you feel more like taking a nap than working at your desk for the next four hours. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Because the process of communicating signals of fullness from your stomach to your brain typically takes around 20 minutes, many people repeatedly eat more than their bodies need. If you desire to reverse your cycle of overeating, and gain the body of your dreams, consider adhering to the following, simple tips.

Dine at a Table

If you constantly eat while driving a car or standing up, you likely struggle keeping up with the amount of food you consume. Whenever you eat your meals, sit down at a table. Practicing this simple activity will help you be more mindful of the foods you’re eating.

Reinstate Family Dinners at Your Home

Does your entire family eat dinner while surfing the web, texting, or watching television? Eating dinner while engaging in distracting activities can easily cause you to overeat. If your family typically eats in isolation, reinstate family dinners at your home. While enjoying a leisurely meal, you can catch up on each other’s day. 

Monitor Your Portions 

To prevent yourself from overeating, carefully monitor your portion sizes. If you routinely dip too much food onto your plate, consider investing in smaller dinnerware. By utilizing smaller plates, you’ll likely consume reduced potions without feeling cheated.

Chew Your Food Thoroughly

Instead of rushing through your meals, take the time to thoroughly chew your food. To help you better accomplish this task, force yourself to put your fork or spoon down between bites. Savor each bite of food you put into your mouth. You might discover you’ve forgotten how delicious some of your favorite foods really are.

Losing weight and keeping it off for life often requires some lifestyle changes. If you constantly feel full a few minutes after rushing through a meal, you might need to slow things down a bit. By following the aforementioned tips, you’ll probably start recognizing feelings of fullness long before you overeat.


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