How To Stop Overeating Compulsively

Categories: Food Addiction

how to stop overeatingDo you eat even when you are full?  Do you stuff yourself too much when you are alone?  Do you feel unsatisfied even after you consumed a lot of food?  If you answered yes to those questions, you may have a problem with binge eating or compulsive eating.  Don’t worry my friend for you are in the right place.  The tips in this post will tell you how to stop overeating compulsively.

 

 

 

 

Tips on How To Stop Overeating Compulsively

Binge eating or compulsive overeating is a disorder that makes you feel powerless or defenseless against.  If you want to control or break free from this weakness, feel free to follow the suggestions below.

  • Have a diary for your binge eating episodes.  Write all your feelings and thoughts about your cravings and behavior.  You can even take note of the food you have eaten, the triggers that lead you to eat the food, or the effects of this disorder on your relationships.  Don’t spare even one detail and be honest.  Also, don’t forget to allocate a time of your day to fill your journal.  This diary or record will eventually help you assess yourself and reflect on your actions later.  For sure, you will be surprised as soon as you read your entries.
  • Find a distraction.  Want to take your mind off eating?  Why don’t you take a walk or call your friend for a quick chat?  Perhaps yoga or Pilates might interest you.  Computer games or craft-making helps too.  Make sure that you engage in something that you enjoy.  Picking any fun activity that interest you will occupy your mind and therefore keep you from binge eating.
  • Pay attention to what your body is telling you.  Ask yourself these questions before you take a bite.  What is happening?  Am I hungry?  Am I bored?  Go ahead and eat if you are really hungry.  Not doing so will only intensify the craving (and, trust me, you will regret this later after you have finished eating platters of food because you tried to suppress your hunger).  If you still feel that strong urge or craving for food even if you are sated,   find something else to do.  If you are just bored, again, please find a distraction (as explained in the previous bullet).  Spoil yourself every now and then but don’t overindulge in your cravings.  If you are craving for that sumptuous and famous hazelnut chocolate spread, just snack on a spoonful and then stop.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself.  There will be moments of shameful weakness when you give in to temptations so learn to forgive yourself when this happens.  You will not be able to stop bingeing overnight so learn to let your blunders go.  Applying your knowledge on how to stop overeating compulsively is very difficult.  The important thing is that you strive hard and try over and over again.

 

Binge eating or compulsive overeating takes its toll on your physical, social, and mental well-being so it is very essential that you put your learning regarding this problem to good use.  I know that this is easier said than done but I strongly believe that you can do it if you try.  After all, there is no harm in trying.

Shoot me an email or feel free to comment below if you have more suggestions on how to stop overeating.  Anyhow, have a nice day and good luck to you binge eating fighters!

Doriet von Fircks

About the author

Doriet von Fircks is a health practitioner and a nutrition expert.
She specializes in food related problems, such as food addiction.
After reading many articles about food addiction, especially lots of scientific journals, she realized that there was hardly any discussion about food addiction from a scientific perspective.
She updates the site frequently, ensuring that the latest scientific findings are always featured on FoodAddictionScience.com. If you have questions about this site or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact her.