It happens to the best of us. You're stuck at home because of the community quarantine; you're bored or idle and you decide to open your refrigerator for a quick fix. A big fat scoop of ice cream? Or a thick sandwich? And repeat twice more. You may not realize it, but it all builds up at the end of the day. Luckily, if you want to stop overeating, all it takes is some determination and some simple hacks.
Here are the best tips to stop overeating right now.
1. Brush your teeth after every meal.
And we mean, every meal. Not immediately, however, since acidic food items soften tooth enamel. It's the oldest trick in the book, and it's definitely effective. After all, most people wouldn't want to snack with the taste of toothpaste in their mouth. While you're at it, floss real good, too.
2. Drink a whole lot of water.
If you're feeling peckish, chances are, you're just dehydrated. Instead of snacking, drink plenty of water instead. Drink up until you feel full and we guarantee you won't be reaching for snacks for a long time. It's good for your immune system, too, so it's essentially a win-win situation.
3. Chew some gum or mint.
Again with mint—because what kind of psycho mixes minty fresh breath with a snack? If you decide to chew gum instead, let us warn you: there is a tradeoff. Chewing gum causes you to swallow a lot of air, and that leads to abdominal bloating. Your stomach, in turn, starts to produce enzymes to break down food it thinks is coming in, so it's double the bloat but at least you're not overeating.
4. Keep junk as far away as possible.
Out of sight, out of mind. Most of the time, you snack on things you see around. So, stash the junk food away in cabinets and drawers where they'll be forgotten. Can't take it any longer? Snack on fruits or vegetables such as celery, nuts, and such for a healthy alternative.
5. Do a mini-workout instead.
According to research, a full 60-minute workout is an appetite suppressant. When compared, a mini-workout doesn't really do as much. You can at least keep your mind off snacking by doing a little walking, performing pushups, or doing burpees.
6. Stick to a routine.
Humans follow an eating schedule for a reason. Yep, missing lunch has consequences on your brain. Studies have shown that not following an eating schedule overstimulates the part of your brain that produces dopamine. In a nutshell, snacking and disrupting normal feeding schedules results in overconsumption.
* This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.