Yes, it sounds simple: eating more food than your body needs prevents weight loss and causes weight gain. But how much is too much? That’s difficult to gauge, which is why many diet programs give you recommendations for amount of calories, amount of fat, or amount of carbohydrates.
Let Your Body Guide You
Your stomach has a limited capacity for food, so the best indicator of overeating is having a “stuffed” feeling after meals. Your stomach is about the same size as your fist. Yes, that’s as much food as you need to eat 3 or 4 times a day.
That doesn’t seem like much food until you imagine the food as it is in your stomach — chewed.
Ask yourself this when eating:
- Are you trying to fit in just one more bite because the food tastes good?
- Are you eating everything on your plate because you paid for it?
- Because you don’t want to waste food?
- Because you’ve been taught to clean your plate?
- Because you need an emotional lift?
Add up all those extra bites, and you can easily see where weight gain comes from.
Stop eating when your stomach has enough food, but not too much food. Never eat until you’re full. Rather, stop eating when your hunger is satisfied. And never eat until you’re stuffed. You can learn more about this excellent way to eat at Eat 0-5.