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Secrets on staying slim and managing food intake

Updated on August 28, 2012

How not to become fat: managing food intake - How to avoid overeating

Eating is as basic as breathing. We need to eat in order to survive. Different people in different culture eat different kinds of food. The choice of food is dependent on some factors, availability of certain kinds of food, religion and cultural factors. In some culture, they eat as much as six times a day, three normal meals and two snacks, plus midnights snacks, while in other culture they eat only three times a day, while others eat four or rather five times.

The kind of food we eat and the frequency of eating are some of the factors which determine whether an individual will suffer from obesity. Obesity or simply being fat is defined as: Obesity is a medical conditions in which body fat as accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Body Mass Index (BMI), which compares weight and height, is used to define a person as overweight (pre-obese) BMI is between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2 and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m2. (wikipedia)

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In this article, I would like to give some tips on how not to overeat to avoid becoming fat:

Disciplining oneself is very important. You should stick to a well balanced diet plus eating with schedule. Sometimes we are too busy that’s why we dont have time to eat, but it is advisable to eat the soonest you remember eating. Set a specific time or set an alarm so that you will remember it is time to eat.

Don’t skip breakfast. Many people just skip breakfast because they are rushing to go to work or they are just too busy in the morning and they don’t bother about it. The thing is, if you skip breakfast, you are so hungry by the time you think of eating and you overeat. The key is to discipline yourself not to skip breakfast. If you eat breakfast, you have the initial strength until the time you will eat again. If you dont eat it will also affect output.

Eat on time. Sometimes because of individual preferences you choose to eat just two big meals, it is suggested to at least eat three average meal a day. If you eat only say two big meals the tendency for you is to eat plenty because you are hungry. Eating food little at a time is recommended.

Stop binge eating, eat moderately.

Stuff your refrigerator with healthy foods (fruits and vegetables) and enough protein rich foods. Part of disciplining yourself is not to buy food which are not healthy. If you don’t have supply of the fatty foods in the refrigerator, then you will not eat anything and you dont have a choice except to eat what is available which are healthy foods anyway. Our taste will just be used to it.

Avoid drinking colas specially the more popular ones like mountain dew or coca colas. they are terrible source of sugar. Instead try to drink water.

Avoid eating at restaurants/fastfood always. If you must, choose fastfoods which offers variety of food (lots of veggie/fruits or fishes).


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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      yes discipline is all, thanks for dropping by!

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      Onyinye 8 years ago

      This is really great!.The most important thing one should do inorder to reduce weight is by first, discipline yourself.I love it

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      to brenda, yes, i struggled to for awhile, binge eating, but I have never gained weight. i like to gain weight a little bit.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      yes you can, it takes power and will, little by little though, I like best? dont buy anything unhealthy, so that when you hungry at nite, you dont have supply of the fatty and sweet foods...little by little too, u gonna be used to it, hey thanks by the way for reading this...

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      I love this hub but wish I could do all that it recommends!