Working from home does have some perks- spending all that time together with your furry companions but on the flipside there some aspects that are less than ideal.
With more and more workplaces promoting their employees to work from home, amid this coronavirus outbreak, job stress, the uncertainty around us, and the easy access to the refrigerator have made us all prone to overeating.
See, there is a reason we call it “stress eating.” Various studies in the past have shown that overstressing, whether it be physical or emotional, may lead us to eat more than we generally do. And when we are stressed, we particularly go for the foods that have a higher fat or sugar content. That may help you manage your stress for the moment, but it’s, definitely, not very good for your health in the long run.
So, if you are also indulging a little bit of overeating lately, here are a few tips that may help you stop.
Make a Schedule
In order to prevent eating just mindlessly, try setting up a schedule for it. Getting into a regular routine will not only help you prevent overeating but will also help you control your insulin and blood sugar levels. Not only this, but it will also help you regulate your physical and psychological energy, keep your digestive system in good health and help you sleep better.
Try sticking to three meals a day routine. You may add a snack in between if you want. And try not to go without eating anything for more than five hours. For this, you can set a reminder on your phone. You can incorporate CBD if stress is a factor in your eating habits.
Keep your Diet Balanced
Instead of just grabbing anything that comes in front of you, try eating foods that have enough proteins, vitamins, and other nutrients that your body needs. For physical and mental push, don’t hesitate to add some carbs too.
For instance, rather than a bowl of cereal and a glass of juice, you may go for a vegetable smoothie. Throw in some nut butter and frozen fruits too for some good fat and carbs. Keeping an eye on what you are actually taking in can really help you maintain a healthy balance, and thus prevent any extra weight gain.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Keep a bottle of water with you all the time, and keep taking a sip every now and then. The research shows that people tend to eat more when they are dehydrated. This is because they confuse their thirst with hunger. So keep yourself hydrated in order to avoid overeating.
But you should avoid any sugary drinks or anything containing artificial sweeteners. This may lead to weak immunity and a sweet tooth. Also, if you are taking alcohol, keep it moderate. But if possible, try to find some other coping mechanism like playing a videogame or doing some exercise. Alcohol contains a lot of calories. And also, drinking alcohol can increase your appetite. And this may again lead to overeating.
Differentiate between Physical and Psychological Hunger
When you are stressed, it can be very difficult to tell if you are really hungry or it’s just your mind looking for some comfort. One thing that you can do to find this is to see what your body is telling you. Physical hunger will definitely have some physical symptoms. If you hear your tummy growling, it’s time to take a bite.
But if you have just eaten a healthy balanced diet, and you’re still feeling hungry, it’s just your anxiety talking. If this is the case with you, try distracting yourself by watching TV or reading a book, etc.
Incorporate Some Supplements
Often people eat because they are bored, so what you can do is try appetite suppressant supplements. These are safe to use and you can easily get them off the counter to help aid with your weight management goals.
We are going through a tough time right now. People are stressed due to the work, due to things happening around us, and due to various other reasons. And this all is making them turn to food. But we gotta think mindfully. Overeating is not the solution to any problem. In fact, it may lead to various other problems, short-term and long-term. And it’s not gonna lead to anything good.
The tips above can surely help you manage your overeating when you are stuck at home.