Overeating can make you gain weight — period. This doesn’t come as a shock because you are consuming more calories than your body needs. Unburned calories get stored in the body in the form of fat, and fitness experts say that a total of 3,500 unburned calories is equivalent to an unwelcome 1 pound or 0.45 kilogram of body weight.

Definitely, overeating is a huge weight loss saboteur. If you want to stick to the plan and attain your goal, it’s important to steer clear of stuffing your face. Did you know that there are some things that can make it more challenging to evade overeating? Read on to know some of those that can leave you eating more than necessary.

 

Strict Diets

First things first: fad diets that considerably reduce your caloric intake don’t work. First, they can be very hard to maintain for a long time. Second, they deprive your body of nutrients. Your brain will spring into action to keep you alive, and it is usually in the form of uncontrollable hunger for an instant supply of much-needed nutrients.

 

Artificial Sweeteners

While it’s true that artificial sweeteners which are several times more saccharine than table sugar contain 0 calories and are incapable of wrecking your figure, soon enough they can be disadvantageous for a weight-watcher like you. In time, they will confuse your body, leaving it incapable of knowing when it’s already full or satiated.

 

Lack of Sleep

Getting enough sleep is not only good for your health, but also figure. Experts say that sleep deprivation depletes your body of leptin, a hormone that makes you feel satiated. At the same time, it increases ghrelin, a hormone that causes hunger. Besides, feeling tired and groggy can make you care less about portion sizes.

 

Alcohol

Just like sleep deprivation, being drunk can keep you from minding how much food you serve in front of you. What’s more, all the calories in those cocktails can add to your weight problem. If you think that you should simply drink less alcohol, think again. This can make you dehydrated and feel thirsty, which can easily be mistaken for hunger.

 

Non- or Low-Fat Foods

Do you make it a habit to only go for food products with “non-fat” or “low-fat” stamped on the packaging? Don’t, say the experts. Although it’s true that unhealthy fat in these commodities is either reduced or entirely removed, manufacturers add tons of sugar and other ingredients in order to keep their goods stay palatable.

 

Friends

Do you have friends who eat anything just because they don’t care about their weight or they claim to have really fast metabolism? Well, you can consider being with them as an overeating trigger. It’s either you have to take your self-control to full blast when you eat out with them or choose a different set friends that’s more health-conscious.

 

Boredom

Some people step foot in the kitchen or fast food joint because they have nothing interesting to do. Others plop down on the couch, turn on the TV and consume an entire bag of chips. If you are bored, don’t turn to food. Put on your running shoes or grab your badminton racket and get rid of boredom in a healthier manner.

 

Depression

Did you know that feeling glum can wreak havoc to your figure, among many other things? When you’re depressed, your brain will encourage you to consume lots of mood-boosting foods, and many of them are laden with sugar and unhealthy fat. When you’re down, look for happiness in things other than food.

 

Stress

It’s very important to relax not only to save your mind and body from the ill effects of stress, but also to keep your waistline from expanding. Stress can leave your hormonal balance out of whack, and one of its most profound effects is excessive hunger. Keep overeating at bay by de-stressing.

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