3 Steps to Overcome Overeating for Weight Loss in New Orleans

July 17, 2009

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3 Steps to Overcome Overeating  for  Weight Loss in  New Orleans

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Let’s face it, the extra pounds you’re carrying around are due to overeating – plain and simple.

Why do you overeat?

Well, I think  if you live in New Orleans their could be plenty of reason!

However, here are a few likely reasons:

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Habit: Whether you realize it or not, you eat in a learned pattern, rather than out of need. You clean your plate because that’s what your mother taught. You eat what is served without stopping to check if you are full. You butter two pieces of toast for breakfast rather than questioning if one piece would do the job.

Absentminded: You forget to pay attention when you eat. Mindless munching while watching a movie, snacking while driving, or picking at food while cooking – these absentminded calories really add up.

Something Deeper: Sometimes you use food for recreation or to change your mood. These calories may lend you a temporary sense of comfort or pleasure, but ultimately your body suffers from the indulgence. This can be easily be seen in Drinking alcohol as well, but we will save that topic for another day :)

Here are 3 Steps To Overcome Overeating in New Orleans - read these, and apply them to your life so that you can make some extra positive changes in your life!

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Step #1: Pay Attention to what you are eating in New Orleans

Be aware of what and how much you eat. This simple concept will save you from hundreds upon hundreds of calories each week.

To apply this rule, don’t eat while your attention is distracted by another activity. Only put food in your mouth when you are hungry and conscious of it. This means turn off the T.V., get out of your car, and no matter what you do, don’t graze in the kitchen while cooking.
Another thing you could do is journal your food intake. Many people in New Orleans  that start a food journal quickly learn those little chunks of unhealthy food really do add up to a lot at the end of the month!

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Step #2: Be Tuned In to your Body in New Orleans

Your body will always tell you when its hunger has been satisfied – you’ve just gotten so good at ignoring the signs that you barrel through your meal only to feel like you’ve been hit by a ton of bricks once all that food hits your stomach. It’s time to take a deep breath and listen to your body. I understand that we live in a city where the pace and be fast but we all owe it to ourselves to take a little more time for us to focus on things that could matter.

An important part of being tuned in is to eat slowly. Once you start to pay attention you’ll notice a point when each bite becomes less and less satisfying. That is your body’s way of letting you know that you’ve had enough and that each continued bite is simply overkill (yes, even if you’re only halfway through that plate of pasta).

By learning how to control your eating habits, you’ll find weight loss to come simply and naturally.


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Step #3: Practice Balance

Be aware of the types of food that you eat during each meal, and make sure that it’s balanced. When you eat a balanced diet filled with lean protein, whole grains, lots of veggies, a few daily servings of fruit and limited fat and sweets, your body will be satisfied and you’ll lose the urge to overeat.

This means you shouldn’t always eat carb-based meals, and you also shouldn’t always eat high-fat meals. Make a mental checklist of the food groups in New Orleans  that you’ve eaten each day.
Did you eat lean protein?
Did you have plenty of vegetables?
Did you refrain from eating more than one or two primarily carb-based meals?

This mental checklist will save you from making food decisions that you’d later regret.

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July 23, 2009

Lanay stockstill @ 9:46 am

Thanks for the reminders Jonas. Your posts help me remain aware of my eating habits and fitness goals. I appreciate that.

Lanay

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