Why athletes overeat

The active are often applauded for their inner drive, innate motivation, and discipline, qualities that show up not just in the gym but also in the kitchen. Of course, athletes are not strangers to occasionally eating in excess. Here, three common reasons behind overindulgence.

Rushed Meals

Consuming food when standing up and using plastic utensils can prompt you to eat more compared to when you sit down and use real silverware. Taking the time to slow down and viewing every time you eat as a meal will help you better recognize when you're satiated.

Looking to Past Calorie Counts

When you think you’ve eaten a less caloric meal you may be more likely to eat more at the next one, regardless of hunger levels, research shows. Unfortunately, using memory as your guide isn’t very accurate. Instead, employ mindful eating strategies such as taking 20 minutes to eat and savoring your food to help you stay attuned to your body's signals.

A Restrictive Diet

When you tell yourself you can’t eat a favorite food six days a week, you may feel deprived, which can lead to overeating. A better option: incorporating a small amount of these foods during other points throughout the week.

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