1. Belt it in! 1
For most of us, overeating is a problem. This means eating till the plate gets cleaned or till we hit the bottom of that popcorn bucket. The problem with that is we ingest a lot of excess calories that our body doesn't need. Solution? Tighten that belt around your waist. This tricks our brain into eating only till we are full, rather than gobbling up the entire dish. In a sense, the belt fences your stomach and acts as a guiding tool that creates a boundary for the food.
2. Brush those teeth after your meal 2
Not just after dinner, but try to brush your teeth after every meal. This will act as a psychological cue for you to stop eating. This will stop both your midday and midnight snacking urges.
3. Keep yourself busy while being a couch potato 3
There is something about sitting in front of the TV that automatically makes us want to eat. It's almost like turning on that TV leaves us vulnerable to be attacked by junk foods. But, we can suppress these urges of wanting to eat by keeping ourselves occupied with another task. For example, giving yourself a manicure, stretching, playing with your pets, folding laundry, or even trying to balance yourself on one foot for as long as possible.
5. Sleep 5
You're going to love this, but research shows that people who sleep seven to eight hours a night are less likely to put on weight and overeat, than someone who only gest five to six hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep can also mess up your hormonal balance and slow down your metabolism rate.
6. Restrict yourself to paying cash for food 6
Instead of reaching for plastic, get the cash. Research shows that we are more prone to impulsively buying unhealthy foods from the checkout stands when using credit/debit cards. Using cash will make you more conscious about the decision you make in regards to which items you spend your money; this is because cash is tangible, making the sense of loss seem even greater.
7. Keep your hands busy 7
Whenever you go out, carry a clutch, a wallet or even your cell phone in your hands. Keeping them free will make you want to hold that bag of unhealthy potato chips, or a large glass of toxic soda.