If you’re looking to get a little, or a lot, more, fitter and healthier, then obviously there are two main points to begin with, and they are: diet, and exercise. Now, exercise is of course extremely beneficial and good for our health, and for burning calories so that we lose weight quicker, but the fact remains that if your diet isn’t right, and if you’re overeating and eating the wrong foods, the weight simply won’t come off.
Another thing to consider is that it’s still possible to gain weight, or at the very least, hinder your weight loss progress, by simply eating too much, of anything. Basically, your body requires a certain amount of calories per day to function. If you eat more calories than your body needs, it will break down and store them as body fat, sort of stockpiling for another day.
If you consume less calories than your body requires however, then the body panics as it needs energy to function, and it will then dig into what it’s been stockpiling as a precaution, your body fat. The less calories you consume, and the more active you are, the more fat your body will burn to use as energy. Many people however, actually end up overeating without even realizing, and then wonder why they struggle to lose weight. There are however, a few tell tale signs to help you decide whether you’re overeating or not.
You don’t lose weight
If you’re dieting and exercising in order to lose weight, yet when you get weighed, or get your BMI tested, you’re not losing weight, then that’s a tell-tale sign that something isn’t right. You could eat the healthiest foods in the world, and live on nothing but steamed fish or chicken, salads, and steamed vegetables, but if you’re consuming more calories than you’re burning off, then no matter how healthy your foods are, you still won’t lose weight.
You gain weight
This is probably the most obvious example of overeating, but it’s included anyways. The biggest sign that you could be overeating, is the fact that you’re gaining weight. We gain weight when we consume more calories than we need, where, as described above, the body stores any excess for use on another day. If you find yourself gaining weight, then the chances are almost certainly that you’re overeating, so make some chances to the foods you’re eating, or the amounts that you’re consuming.
You feel tired and lethargic
Another sign that you may be overeating, could be the fact that you feel tired, sluggish, and lethargic, particularly after meals. Rather than eating huge meals, you should instead consume several small healthy meals throughout the day, every three hours or so. If you eat giant meals, your body will struggle to break the food down at once, and you’ll feel tired and full for a couple of hours afterwards. Ever wonder why you feel sleepy and feel like taking a nap after eating a huge meal, Christmas dinner perhaps? Well, now you know.