It is a bad sign when you are overeating on a regular basis. How can you tell if this has become a way of life? Sometimes it is hard to know. You can eat too much during a meal or throughout the course of a day. The former is easy to spot – do you feel full 30 minutes after you finished eating? If so, you probably ate past your limit. Otherwise, unless you are counting every calorie you take in, you simply have to guess.
With that said, if overeating and impulsive eating behaviors are the norms for you, then it is a sign you are allowing your appetite to make decisions. Giving your appetite control is arguably the worst habit you can have when it comes to taking care of your health. If you are letting your hunger call the shots, then you are giving up control. It goes without saying you need to be in charge of your eating if your health and well-being are to stand a chance against many health issues.
What exactly could be threatening you? In short, a host of complications…
- metabolic syndrome,
- Type 2 diabetes,
- heart disease, or
A high level of body fat, poor circulation, atherosclerosis, and high blood cholesterol are other examples. In the case of Type 2 diabetes, high blood sugar and abdominal fat are all it needs to develop. And once it does, it becomes harder to treat than it would have been to prevent it.
These are all health problems not needing too much of an excuse to strike. All they require is a particular set of conditions facilitating their development. Conditions such as…
- an unhealthy eating plan high in calories, and
- a sedentary lifestyle.
It is important to control your appetite, and not allow it to make decisions for you. Because your appetite knows no limits – it encourages you to overeat: your appetite does not consider your well-being. Not controlling your appetite leads to obesity and obesity is one of the top risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
If you want to prevent common conditions or treat what you may be currently facing, quantity and food choices would be involved…
- if you have Type 2 diabetes, for instance, it is crucial to be mindful of your blood sugar levels and to structure your eating in a way to prevent aggravating your hyperglycemia any further. Or
- if you could benefit from losing weight, it is going to be tough to drop a few pounds when your appetite is allowed to take over.
You won’t have to deprive your appetite entirely since you can still have satisfying meals while you become healthy. Choose more…
- whole grains,
- lean meats,
- low-fat dairy products, and
- unsaturated fats.