5 Signs That You’re Eating Too Much

Are You Eating Too Much?

Eating is a fundamental pillar of life for all humans. Moreover, most of us enjoy it, especially when it’s some great tasting food!


Unfortunately, we also don’t always have the best sense of when to stop and end up eating too much. Especially, in our current time when we have access to not only good-tasting foods but in immense quantities.

While we may poke fun at humorous situations such as Homer Simpson eating until he can’t physically move, in reality the consequences of eating too much can range from a simple mild stomach ache in the short term to the many health risks associated with chronic obesity such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

5 Signs That You’re Eating Too Much

Eating Too Much
We have access to more food than ever before.

Often, eating too much isn’t as dramatic as our pants bursting, but rather simply eating more than we need at the current time. Alternatively, eating until we’re full rather than eating until we’ve gotten the nutrients we need.

We don’t have the natural constraints our ancestors did to prevent us from over eating. In evolutionary terms, most humans couldn’t over eat as large-scale agriculture and food processing generally weren’t available until fairly recently in human history. Currently, most humans and certainly Americans have access to more food with convenience than ever before. So, what drives us to eat more than we need?

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1.  Emotional Connection To Food

Despite the plethora of available resources, we’re still fully capable of eating what we need. One key insight is the emotional connection to food many people have. Research has shown that many people tend to eat more or overeat when they are feeling sad, depressed, or struggling with an issue.

A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researched the eating habits of adolescents who eventually developed eating disorders like binge eating. The primary result they found was “These results indicate that it is important to consider depressive symptoms in overeating.” One of the primary signs that we may be eating too much is to monitor the reason for eating. Are we eating because we are hungry, or because of an emotional issue we’re dealing with?

2. Low Blood Sugar

Another consideration is symptoms of Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. An article from the Medical University of Warsaw stated that Hypoglycemic symptoms can lead people to eat more in order to satisfy urges to increase insulin. Therefore it’s always important to remember to practice moderation when eating sweets as they lead us to eat far more than we actually need.

3. Physical Discomfort 

There is no better warning system than your own body. Excessive constipation, blockage, bloating, vomiting or stomach aches is your body giving you feedback that it has had enough. More often than not, if you feel a constant need for laxatives or antacids it’s most likely your body telling you that you’ve taken in far more food than you need.

4. Low Levels of Energy and Mental Alertness

Your body’s energy level and mental alertness are signs of eating too much. While we all enjoy a finely cooked meal or delicious snacks, biologically speaking food is simply fuel for our body to consume and turn into energy. However, when we bog our system down with excess fuel or fuel of poor quality (eg junk food) our energy will decrease. We feel sluggish and less alert and rather than increasing our energy, it will feel like we decreased it as we overloaded our digestion system.

5. You’re Tired or Stressed (or Both)

People often end up eating too much at work. You’re probably in your chair about six hours a day. That’s a lot of time and it’s a lot of time that you can mindlessly snack or eat meals. If you’re feeling stressed or tired it can cause anyone to visit a vending machine or reach for a snack when we aren’t really hungry. But skipping meals or eating at work isn’t healthy either and probably causes us to overeat, too.

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