Wants to control overeating

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


(Foreword: This is our continuation with our response to Ling ling, the King – about her need to control overeating)

Dear Ling ling, the King,

Let us now continue with your journey. Now, what about when you feel that urge is hitting you?

1. Be aware that you’re in the danger zone. Identify the urge before you’re in front of some foods. So, the next time when you’re depressed or anxious, be sure to stay away from foods.

2. Adjust your approach. Now, if you are good in knowing your urges, you can come up with some ways to change your attitude. So, instead of going to the fridge when the urge hits you, go only to it to prepare lunch for the family.

3. Divert to delay. Try to extend some time. If you feel munching, you can delay overeating by trying to avoid it by counting your breaths, listening to some music, or calling someone.

But, how do you stop overeating when you are eating and it is in progress?

1. Just go with the waves of your urge. The urge of overeating is just like the waves. It goes up, up, up – but, after a while it will go down. Learn and accept that cycle and learn to ride with its waves because when you do, you’ll know that it will just eventually pass and you’ll win in the end.

2. Stop and you must. When you have the food in your mouth and you start to munch, you don’t have to continue. You can stop after the fourth or fifth bite – or maybe, to give yourself a little stretch -- after the sixth bite. Slow down and chew your food very well. Remember when you do this, just after a few spoons of your meal, it will send signals to your brain that your stomach has food and you will feel full. But, when you eat fast, you might have already consumed a bucket full before the signals will be sent to your brain about the food in your stomach.

3. Ask yourself when you start overeating. Evaluate for yourself whether that behavior would give you a lot of benefits. Do you think, you will gain a lot when you eat a lot? Well, you’ll gain much weight which is your case.

Lastly, think of the possible complications. Remember that when you keep on overeating, you will be overweight which is your problem right now. And obesity is tied to diabetes, hypertension and a lot of other problems. So, who wants to suffer them in the end? I hope this early, I wish you recognize that and learn to address them right.

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. Sorry that we cannot answer all your questions. Thank you for your understanding.)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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