In this post I'm going to share with you exactly what to do after overeating so you can start feeling FAB and stop feeling guilty!
Let me describe a scenario and tell me if you can relate.
It's Sunday evening, you hop into bed after a loooong, jam packed weekend. I'm talking the kind where you feel like you never even got a chance to sit down. As you backtrack the events from the past couple of days you think to yourself "Man, I ate like poop".
Or maybe you weren't super busy, and you plain and simple made some not-so great food choices...again.. and again..
So, can you relate? Well, that's me. Right now. As I am typing this. Between a super stressful week that induced some extra ice cream indulgence on Friday, a birthday party on Saturday and an anniversary party Sunday, I'm feeling less than thrilled with my eating habits this weekend. Tell a girl what to do after a weekend of overeating already, right?! I've got two words for you. Ready?
- Trying to compensate by cutting calories, over exercising to burn it off, etc. will only backfire. When we do this our bodies turn up the thermostat on our hunger hormone, ghrelin, driving us to want to eat even MORE. This will lead you to the restrict-binge cycle that is SO vicious. I recommend continuing to eat normally. Trying to "make up" for it will only set you up for another round of eating way past fullness. Including a wide variety of foods is key. Adding in some protein and fiber and help to keep you full, satisfied, and keep you gut (and bowels) moving along!
- Your body will adjust accordingly. Our bodies know when we take in more than it needs and it will account for that. Either by an increase in energy fro some in physical activity or lessening your hunger the next day, it'll adjust. Our bodies also have "weight thermostat" if you still and they want to keep us within our set point weight range. You can learn more about the set point weight theory here! Also to note, you may have eaten a larger than normal amount due to your body needing it!
- You're regaining trust with your body. Let me explain. So, if we never let our bodies eat a slice of cake or fried food EVER, it's going to want those off limit foods even more. Allowing yourself to eat these foods when you want lets your body know that these foods are allowed if you want them- taking away the desire to rebel with "bad" foods. Make sense now?
- You can use this as a learning experience. I firmly believe nothing is bad and everything can be a learning experience. Take a look at what happened and ask yourself "What can I learn from this?" Maybe you learned that 5 slices of cake didn't feel good. Or what you showed up to the party SO hungry that it might be a good idea to have a snack before you go next time. Maybe you learned that you ate the entire carton of ice cream because you were upset and that it might be a good idea to work on creating some other coping mechanisms. Take a look at the situation, learn from it, and create a plan for next time.
I mean, really, what good is beating yourself up over poor food choices going to do? Nothing but make you wallow, which would probably lead to more bad food choices out of self pity. Get your big girl (or boy) panties on, get over it, and move on.
Life threatening? Nope. Morally wrong? Nope. It's just food.
So, if you are in the same boat as me this Monday morning, I hope you choose to move on also. Think back on how the weekend was spent while indulging in those foods. I definitely don't regret the cake.... that I ate at the Birthday party I threw my dog... Not kidding.
Share below HOW you indulged! Not the food itself, but the events. Was it a birthday party too? Or maybe a date night out? Focus on that instead.
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