You might not notice it until the next time you step up to the weighing scale: you’ve gained a few excess pounds. You don’t understand why but your belt seems tighter, your clothes seem smaller and you can actually grip your love handles. No matter how often you exercise, you can’t meet your weight loss targets. If you feel that this may be happening to you, take a step back and assess how often you eat in a day and why you continue to do so.
If you have a tendency to associate food with every activity in your life, you may be overeating. You can’t rest without a bag of chips by your side, you go over three rounds at the company buffet and you never say no when relatives ask if they can send you food or sweets.
Once you can admit to yourself that you have an overeating problem you can begin to examine your eating patterns and how much you eat in a day. More importantly, you’ll have to delve into the underlying reasons for why you tend to each so much. You may have underlying problems beneath your behavior patterns which you need to work on.
Try asking yourself the following questions:
Are you bored? Eating in itself is a fun and entertaining activity that does not entail the trappings of social interactions and excessive spending. Your senses may be wired for it more than others, as eating is a visceral activity. Consider forcing yourself to enjoy activities outside that require you to move.