Why Do We Eat Too Much Food?
You might think it all falls at the feet of the various food companies. Could there be a fat conspiracy?
All the various food companies don’t really care if you eat their food but they do care if you buy their food and more importantly continue to buy their food.
The employees at your local pizza joint don’t give a monkeys if you eat the food you just paid for. It only matters to them that you’ve handed over the money for it.
The problem is food companies, shopping centers & restaurants go to extreme lengths to work out how to make you buy their food, but ultimately we are the ones making the decision to eat their food.
Millions of dollars of research each year goes into learning how to get us to buy more products but we decide what to eat and when to eat it.
Many people have a takeout night every week which becomes a habitual custom. If you work late you may grab a pizza on the way home in the same week.
Before long you start to pile on the pounds.
So in essence we may not be eating too much food, just too much of the wrong food. We actually become accustomed to this type of eating and put it in the same category as brushing our teeth before we go to bed.
Some would say overeating is an addiction and like any other addiction it’s going to take a lot of work on your part to break free.
If we start to put on weight we seem to think that it’s not too much of a problem. After a while we become self-conscious of our bodies and in a lot cases this causes us to eat more of the wrong foods, allowing us to fall into a spiralling downhill battle to stop eating the wrong food.
If you simply change a few of your bad eating habits for some good eating habits you will have the power to lose weight.
Let’s just say you stop one bad eating habit which saves 100 calories a day. Guess what, that’s 700 calories a week! Again, stop one more and now you are at 1400 calories.
This is one of the easiest ways to start losing weight and more importantly changing some of those bad habits.
There are two ways to start doing this.
- Stop eating while you’re not actually thinking about eating. Don’t eat outside of meal times and if you do eat healthy snacks. This is the number one reason why people put on weight!
- Cut your portions. Just cutting down your portions will cause you to start losing weight.
Above are the top two reasons why we eat too much food and by just concentrating on one of them will be enough to make you want to do more.
The first step is always the hardest!
I would recommend reading “Mindless Eating” by Brian Wansink and also take a look at The Food Combining Diet.