Overeating is like an addiction to eat every time you eat and because of this addiction to eat, you feel uncomfortable once you have eaten. Not only does have immediate side effects but even in the long run it is very harmful. It might satisfy your taste buds momentarily but it disturbs the whole eating procedure of the body and hence, one must avoid overeating and learn to eat a balanced diet.
Overeating in todays time:
Overeating in todays time is seen as a disease in which a compulsive overeater is so obsessed with eating that all his mind works at is binging on food and planning what to gorge on in the next meal. So more than the physical effects, it is mentally disturbing. For that, it is essential to keep the mind diverted to other things that makes it happy.
Short term and immediate effects of overeating:
Overeating causes some immediate side effects, which are:
- Immediate weight gain
- Overstuffing in the body leading to uneasiness
- Irritation and agitation
In fact one of the most common immediate side effect of overeating is guilt. This is the guilt about eating more than what your body requires. But it doesn’t stop you from binging in the next meal and you indulge in the same repetitive eating disorder leaving in you a feeling of more guilt.
The long-term effects of food binging are grave and can even lead to serious medical problems. These are mentioned below:
- High cholesterol levels
- Cardiovascular problems
- Heart stroke
Going through the above, it can be safely concluded that the long-term effects of overeating are quite dangerous and one can risk his/her life by indulging in this sort of eating disorder.
Fatigue is a common side effect of over eating and that is because the body is not getting enough nutrients as the eater is feeding the body with unhealthy foods. When the body suffers from nutrient deficiencies, it will automatically make a person feel low on energy and tired very soon.
Mental effects Also, a person who is undergoing such disorder will be more depressed than others who are consuming a healthy diet. This is because overeating comes with a package of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and obesity. Thus, you tend to feel depressed and even then you don’t stop and keep overeating, leading to even more depression. Thus, you are caught in a huge vicious circle.
Guilty feelings In the long run, the feelings of guilt are more than what happens in the short-run. It is said that some people take the support of overcoming any sort of negativity they are going through. They eat huge portions in one go to satisfy their addiction or depression as they may call it. However, this doesn’t stop here. One binge meal may make overeaters feel guilty for some time but in their mind they are planning on what to eat in the next one. And then again they get a guilty feeling. So, the chain never ends and the feeling of guilt increases with each meal of unhealthy food.
How to discipline yourself?
Now that it is clear how dangerous overeating can get, we need to understand how to get out of it. The key is to start respecting your body and disciplining your food habits and lifestyle. It may first seem like a Herculean task but it is the only way out to lead a healthy life. There are certain ways in which you can help yourself. These are:
Chew your food:
Instead of just gulping down food, it is important to chew the food really well. This will help in more nutrient provision than what happens when you gorge on food. Moreover, this will help in slowing down and the stomach will feel fuller sooner. And you would not have to binge further.
Focus on what you eat:
It is very essential to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy food and the meaning of a balanced diet. Once the mind gets accustomed to eating the right food and its benefits from health point of view, your focus will be more towards maintain a healthy lifestyle and less on binging. Rather, you will relish a treat meal once in a while to reward yourself for the hard work.
Respect your body:
Selecting the right food is as important as knowing that foods are not only to satisfy your taste buds but to make you healthy. The duration of time that the taste will last is very short but the effects of it on the body are for a longer time. Thus, respect your body and give it the right nourishment.
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