I have been overeating for all of my life and it has been a constant battle trying to reteach myself how much food I should eat during meals.
I am pretty sure that I ate enough to feed at least three people during each helping and I always went back for seconds. The craziest part of all is I was in complete denial about how much I truly ate and why I was so big.
For example, I could (and probably still can) easily eat four to five pieces of meat pizza for dinner, wake up, and eat the remaining pieces in the box for breakfast the next morning. I hardly ever eat pizza anymore but when I do, I know not to eat more than two slices and it would better if I ate one of the smallest slices in the box (I usually go for the largest slice with the most toppings) with a side salad.
I am also learning to check all labels for the correct serving size. I was amazed to learn that the appropriate serving size for Ritz crackers is five crackers, since I can easily eat an entire pack. Learning that the correct serving size for Oreos was three had me in disbelief since I used to put a minimum of nine Golden Oreos in my ice cream sundae each Sunday after dinner. Looking back, I now realize how I got and stayed so heavy for so long.
Since I am still learning how to be healthier and watch my portion sizes, I do slip up and eat more than I should from time to time. Even though I have lost 45 pounds, eating smaller portions has not gotten any easier for me. I have been over eating for over 29 years so it is not so easy to change decade’s worth of habits within a few short months.
A trick I have been practicing is drinking water before very meal. It really helps take up room in my stomach so that I am not able to eat as much food as I would like to eat.
Do you have problems with overeating? What methods do you use to try and change your habits?