I'm a doctor, and I've discovered a simple weight-loss hack that will keep you from overeating.
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Whatever makes you want to eat too much, it can become a problem if you do it all the time.
Dr. Michael Russo, a weight-loss surgeon in the United States, has explained why people frequently overeat.
And he has a simple trick for stopping you from overeating at mealtimes - with the added benefit of helping you lose weight.
"Ever wonder why you overeat?" Dr. Russo said in a TikTok video that has been viewed 175,000 times.
"Overeating is defined as consuming more than 1 to 1.5 litres of food, which is the normal stomach's fill volume."
"Your stomach can stretch to make room, but if you eat too quickly, your stomach can fill before the hormonal signal reaches your brain."
Dr. Russo refers to hormonal signals that are secreted in the digestive system and tell the brain to "stop eating."
When the stomach fills up, so-called stretch receptors are activated, and hormones are released when food enters the small intestine.
When we eat, fat cells produce the hormone leptin, which tells the brain that there is enough energy stored.
These signals are thought to take around 20 minutes to reach the brain, but this varies from person to person.
The best way to overcome overeating, according to Dr. Russo, is to "make a conscious decision to eat slower."
When someone eats too quickly, there isn't enough time for communication between the gut and the brain, according to Harvard Health.
It makes you eat more and more, and by the time your brain realizes your stomach is full, you've overeaten.
However, there are a variety of factors that can lead to someone eating excessive amounts of food on a regular basis.
Obese people, for example, have been shown to be more resistant to leptin, also known as the "appetite suppressor."
One of the main biological reasons people struggle with obesity is that leptin signaling does not work as well as it should.
Overeating can be a coping mechanism for difficult emotions or a habit associated with watching television, receiving a reward, or spending time with friends or family.
Overeating is often seen as a habit, such as having seconds after dinner, finishing a whole bag of popcorn, or drinking a packet of biscuits with your tea instead of a couple of cups.
When overeating becomes more serious, there are warning signs that it could be a mental health problem.
Binge eating disorder, which can be triggered by low self-esteem, dieting, or stress, causes some people to overeat.
Binge eating episodes occur when a person consumes a large amount of food in a short period of time while experiencing guilt, shame, and secrecy.
Binge eating disorder is classified as a mental illness with diagnostic criteria that include bingeing at least once a week for three months.