At this point, we mostly all know that naturally slim women eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’ve had enough.
Simple, right? Waiting for hunger is the easier of the two parts of this equation. And for most of us, stopping is quite a bit harder.
There are three main reasons why it’s hard to stop.
If you can look them in the eye, and identify them when they show up, you’ll know what to do so you CAN stop eating when you’ve had enough.
First, many of us disconnect from ourselves when we’re eating and go on autopilot. We go through the motions of hand to mouth without much conscious thought.
We may have been hungry when we started eating, but who knows what we feel now? We’ve stopped paying attention and just keep eating.
Solution: Stay connected to how you’re feeling all the way through the meal. Pause and check in. Are you hungry? Keep checking and stop when you’re not.
Second, when we notice our bodies have had enough food for the moment, some thoughts may flit through our minds. Quite innocent-seeming, they lead us to keep on eating.
Thoughts like: Mmmm, this is delicious! I can’t stop. Or: Wow, this is so good! I need to finish this. Or: OMG, this is unbelievable! I’ll never get anything this good! Keep going!
Notice that if you only thought the first part of these little inner conversations, everything would be fine. You’d simply be enjoying your food. And you should enjoy your food.
It’s when you add thoughts like: I can’t stop, or I need to finish this… well, then you’re finished. Because you’re instructing yourself to keep eating.
Sounds like no big deal, but that’s exactly why you feel helpless in the face of certain foods.
Solution: try this; just say to yourself, this is so good! Versus: this is so good, I just can’t stop.
Can you see the difference in how the words make you feel?
And as to the last reason it’s so hard to stop eating when our bodies have had enough, well, it’s the food.
Any time you eat a combination of sugar and fat, or fat and salt, and it’s made of processed ingredients, you need to know that these foods were deliberately manufactured to make you want to keep eating.
They were designed by scientists in the food industry to initiate unstoppable cravings once you start eating these foods. And they work.
Solution: you’ll have to stay super conscious if you choose to make these kinds of foods your meals or snacks. You can win, but you need to stay awake.
So be on the lookout for these three saboteurs and you’ll have a fighting chance. To eat when you’re hungry, and to actually stop eating when you’re satisfied.