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How to Say ‘NO’ to Food? Six Ways to Avoid Overeating  

The last two decades were drastic in terms of food habits and dietary patterns. Now all the public spaces are full of eateries and most of them are unnecessary calories. Whether it is a shopping spree or a business meeting; everything is more about ‘food’. But what to do if someone is on a low-calorie diet? How to say no to food when everyone around is busy eating? Surprisingly, human brains are capable of calling off these food cravings giving a huge favor to health. Here are six ways to tell how to refute unnecessary food cravings.

Never leave the house hungry

it is normal to feel hungry every few hours. But if someone knows that they are going to spend the next 5-6 hours into something, it means they would surely end up eating junk. After doing too much effort, either mental or physical, the human brain tries to lure the body into reward eating. It is better to eat before leaving the house. In this way, there would be no hunger pangs when other people would be eating unhealthy food.

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Never ‘drink’ any calories

One big mistake that everyone makes is to ‘drink’ the calories. The sugary drinks, such as energy drinks, sodas, fruit juice as well as shakes and iced teas are not healthy. Even if they fit into a daily calorie limit, avoid taking them. The calories in all these drinks are empty, which means they don’t provide any nutrition to the body.

Never eat snacks that take hours to digest

In intermediate food items such as snacks should never be ignored while eating healthy. One big mistake is to eat candy, cookies, or cakes as ‘snacks’ which are again, empty calories. It is better to take any fruit or a healthy snack such as hummus in between major meals of the day. Unlike other foods, it is easy to say no to the food that people stuff in themselves in the name of snacking. These healthy snacks are easy to digest and provide instant energy.

Never let the stress eating happen

Stress is indeed a big problem and it affects everyone in one way or another. But the emotional triggers of stress can also cause people to eat more especially when they don’t need it. This emotional eating is the enemy of weight loss. people often question how to say no to food when they are in an emotional breakdown. The best strategy, in this case, is to call for help. Invite friends, go out for a walk, spend time in exercise, spend time with pets or sleeping are few options that could help.

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Never ignore the night’s sleep

The busy routine often disturbs the sleeping cycle and many people end up sleeping for only a few hours. In addition to this, the night shift and overtime also increases the risk of digestion imbalance and allowing people to adopt unhealthy eating habits. Research says that people who ignore their night’s sleep often tend to eat more than other people. and that’s not all. They also tend to eat unhealthy food that contains a high amount of fats or carbohydrates in it. Both fat and carbs are the biggest cause of weight gain hence eating them excessively could make anyone obese.

Never give up

Lastly, the final tip on learning how to say no to food is to never give up on yourself. There are times when people feel extremely demotivated and disheartened and highly likely to eat unhealthy junk. But self-control and trusting one’s inner insights could help to make these difficult times pass too.




Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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