Overindulged? 4 Steps To Get Back On Track
If you’ve ever had one too many slices of pizza, two too many tacos, or a few too many cookies, you know what it feels like to overeat. To make matters worse, that uncomfortable, too-full feeling can be accompanied by guilt or shame, causing your motivation and morale to tank.
The good news? Lots of people overeat, and there are ways to deal with it in a healthy way.
Don’t beat yourself up. One over-the-top meal won’t ruin your health. Instead, let go of the guilt, forgive yourself and don’t let it impact your motivation. Too much guilt about eating habits can lead you to deny yourself, leaving you feeling deprived and more likely to binge again in an unhealthy cycle. Instead, decide what you’ll do differently in the future, especially in the days that follow.
These simple tips will help you get back on track and continue toward your goals.
1. Take a walk
An easy stroll or bike ride will help stimulate your digestion and even out your blood sugar levels. But don’t overdo it. A more intense workout could send the blood to your legs instead of your stomach, which could slow digestion.
2. Drink water
Don’t chug it until you feel sick, just sip on a cup of room temperature water after a big meal. It can help to rid your body of excess salt, as well as keep you from getting constipated.Upping your water intake may also help temporarily increase metabolism to burn off extra calories. Drinking water is always recommended, but after an episode of overeating, it’s especially important to make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day, while avoiding carbonated drinks.
3. Stay upright
Instead of relocating from the table to the nearest couch, force yourself to stay upright, even if that just means moving dishes from the table to the kitchen. That means no naps for 2 to 3 hours afterwards. Not only would you lose the chance to burn off some of those calories you just ate, when you lie down with a full stomach, food can work its way back up. Stomach acid can creep up into your esophagus, triggering uncomfortable heartburn and slowing digestion.
But…DO make sure to get enough sleep when bedtime comes to help stave off cravings the next day.
4. You guessed it – Oxycise
While it’s not nap time yet, you still don’t want to do anything overly strenuous. Avoid any positions that put your head lower than your stomach or compress it, which can cause acid reflux, but go for some gentle stretches to release trapped gas and stimulate your digestion.
Oxycise also helps to reduce future cravings and create healthy eating habits, so you’re less likely to overeat in the future. Not only that, but Oxycise can have a positive effect on your mood to help prevent emotional eating and keep you feeling motivated after an unplanned binge.
The Next Day
At this point, it’s all about getting back on track. Eat a clean breakfast full of whole ingredients containing healthy fats, protein, and produce, steering clear of processed foods.
Even if your pants are feeling a little bit tighter, don’t try to skip meals. To optimize your metabolism, you want to eat the right kinds of foods and eat enough of those foods. Trying to drastically cut back on calories will only leave you with a big appetite and in all likelihood, another bout of overeating.
And of course, don’t forget to Oxycise!