You eat healthy, you exercise and you don’t really eat much sugars, if any at all. And yet you still keep overeating. How is that even possible? These are the 4 real reasons behind overeating.
The real reasons behind overeating
This is THE question that keeps haunting us in our brains. How is it possible that I eat too much every single time or that I at least once a week I just want to eat everything that is in reach? Or just eat anything that is in front of me, even though I know that I am full already? Even with a healthy diet this can still exist. Assuming that you have a healthy diet and move enough, you would say it wouldn’t be a problem. Or is there? Below you will find the reasons why you are overeating even though you’re doing everything right. The first step is always to become more aware of where you are with your diet and what the real reasons behind overeating are for you.
1. Your body needs something else than food
This is super common with women. We eat because we are stressed, we are tired or we’re bored. In these moments, it is really hard to say no to ourselves and not allowing ourselves to have food. Pause for a minute and ask yourself if it is really hunger that you’re feeling or are you hungry for more? Are you not sure? Drink a glass of water, a cuppa tea and wait 20 minutes whilst you do something that suits your. Even a little walk, dancing or meditation can help. The best way to really know what the REAL reason behind overeating is, is to keep a food diary. In this diary, you write down what you ate and when, how you felt when you eat and what your thoughts are. In this way you can investigate what your triggers are. Step 2 is to find a way to change a new habit instead of using food as a way to deal with that emotion. Find something that suits you and calms you down. Something that will stop you to eat too much.
2. Your body is confused
Everybody is always busy, busy, busy. Even you won’t take enough time to eat healthy and actual good meals. When was the last time that you actually sat down and ate super mindfully, slow and without any distractions? We eat our breakfasts on the go or graze it to get out of the door, our lunch is eaten whilst we still work on our computers and in the evening we’re so tired that we eat an easy meal on the couch whilst Netflixing. Especially when you don’t eat on set times, your body can go haywire, because it likes consistency. On the other end, it is also really important to listen to your body and know when it really needs food. Just because if midmorning snack time, doesn’t mean that your body needs food. But by bringing more structure into your diet, you learn when your body is really cueing you that it’s hungry and needs food. You become more connected. Also, as we move the most during the day, we need most of the food during the day as well to have the energy and to to keep going. We then burn that food immediately. If we eat big meals in the evening, we won’t burn it and what we don’t burn we will store as fat.
3. Your hormones are imbalanced
Your hormones are the director of your body and are making sure that everything works, especially when it comes to food. Sometimes your diet can make your hormones imbalanced, even though you eat super healthy. This is rooted in 3 hormones. Ghrelin makes sure that you actually feel hungry and that you want to eat. An imbalance of this hormone can be caused from a lack of sleep. Also insuline can be a root cause in regulating ghrelin, and in leptine as well. If you eat too many sugars or carbs than your body likes, your blood sugar levels and therefore your insuline will rise and with that also your leptine levels. Leptine is a hormone that gives you the cue that you’re satisfied and full. It takes about 20 minutes to give you that cue, so if you’re continously eat too much that you actually need in those 20 minutes, then you are technically overeating as well. Leptine can get exhausted when you’ve done this for a while which can lead to the fact that you won’t even notice at all that you’re satisfied. This makes you only want to eat more and there we have a vicious cycle.
Resetting your hormones
When you think your hormones are imbalanced, the only way to resolve this is to adjust your diet. A good way to do so is to talk to your GP and work with a naturopath, because this combination has the data from blood and hormone test as well as a natural and personal approach to your own hormone balance. When I did this I would exclude a certain food group for 3 days, then exclude another one for 3 days on top of that until I have done all of them and bring them back in 3 days at the time to see how I am going. You can also try it 3 days at the time if the previous approach is a bit too much for you, though it is a good way. Food groups to exclude may be: gluten, dairy, coffee, legumes, eggs and sugar.
4. Trauma and limiting beliefs
If you have a tough youth or beliefs that don’t serve you, it can lead to overeating even tough you do diet after diet. If someone ever told you that you were fat, this can be a trauma that you have been carrying along with you and makes it impossible for you to lose weight and to keep overeating. Maybe you didn’t feel recognized and loved by your parents and so you search for this love in food. Or maybe you just hate wasting food and therefore you just keep eating and eating. I hope you agree with me that these won’t serve you anymore. In my coaching, I can help you to release these traumas and limiting beliefs so that you can finally let go and say goodbye to overeating. To feel good about yourself and your body and to achieve your dreams and live in abundance. To finally treat the real reasons behind overeating.