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Why We Overeat

Why We Overeat

By Sheryl Kraft

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Have you ever gotten into that sort of "zone" where you just keep eating without paying attention to your hunger cues?

Read more about 5 Easy Ways to Curb Mindless Snacking.

We all do it. We overeat, despite the fact that we're full; despite the fact that our bodies have had enough.

Yet, we continue to eat past the point of hunger. The reasons are as varied as the types of food that line the shelves of the supermarket.

"We live in an environment surrounded by food, and our brains are constantly being prodded to eat it," says Susan Roberts, PhD, a professor of nutrition at Tufts University and founder of the online iDiet weight management program.

Some culprits:

  • Overestimating the calorie burn of exercise

  • Eating out too much

  • Skimping on sleep

  • Eating too much of foods labeled "healthy"

  • Not getting enough healthy fats

I dug into the research and interviewed a lot of health experts for this article that appears in Parade Magazine. Take a look—maybe you'll find some ways to make simple changes to your routine and kick overeating to the curb!

More food for thought:
How Realistic Are Your Exercise and Weight-Loss Goals?
What's Getting in the Way of Your Weight Loss?
Weight Lifting Myths
Five Easy Ways to Curb Mindless Snacking

This post originally appeared on mysocalledmidlife.net.

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