If you are trying to lose weight, one of the things you will have to do is to learn to stop overeating. Overeating is one of the common causes of weight gain. One of the occasions when you might tend to overeat is during family gatherings. Whether it’s a birthday, a wedding, a holiday party or a reunion, family gatherings are an ideal occasion for you to eat more than you should. Here are some ways that you can stop overeating on these occasions.
Don’t Plan on Not Eating
One of the biggest mistakes that you can do when attending family gatherings is making the decision to not eat anything. If you have exceptional willpower and you do manage to carry out your plan, then making this decision might work for you. However, if you are like most people who easily get tempted when met with tables full of scrumptious foods, then chances are you will still eat something. The best thing to do would be to accept the fact that you will be eating during the family gathering and to devise a plan that will help you control your eating.
Eat a Healthy Meal before Arriving
Arriving at party with a growling stomach is a sure-fire way to start overeating. When you’ve skipped a meal before arriving at the party, you are more likely to indulge in all the mouth-watering goodies. Unfortunately, you will be more likely to reach for unhealthy choices such as chips, sweets and such. These foods are not just empty in nutrients, but are also packed with calories and fats. Eat a healthy meal before going to the gathering. This will satisfy your hunger and will limit the amount of food you will consume during the party.
Reach for Healthy Snacks
When you’re feeling hungry during the gathering, it’s best to fill your plate with the healthiest foods available. Every family gathering is bound to have some vegetable or fruit dishes. Pile your plate with these dishes first. Even if you do reach for the chocolate cake or pigs in blankets later on, you will already be full, so chances are you won’t overeat.
Don’t Drink Too Much
Drinking alcohol not only supplies you with excess calories, but also clouds your judgment when it comes to what and how much you’re eating. For instance, after you’ve had several bottles of beer or five glasses of wine, it’s easy to start popping snacks into your mouth without thinking twice. Stick to a moderate amount of alcohol during the party and don’t forget to hydrate with water.
Maintain Your Distance from the Food
Another way to prevent yourself from overeating is to keep your distance from the food. If most of the food is being laid out in the kitchen or in the dining room, don’t loiter around these areas. Instead, head to the living room or the garden. Since it is a family gathering, spend most of your time catching up with your relatives. Sharing stories with your loved ones will take your mind off the food.