Not everyone who overeats is depressed. Large amounts of food can also be eaten when a person is happy or might be looking forward to an upcoming event. Food can be an emotional therapist for some and helps in both times of ups and downs. This can be a hard cycle to break but what is even harder for some is acknowledging they are an overeater: it takes courage to admit this type of behavior is happening. For every person who is an overeater or has a different kind of eating disorder, it is okay to admit to yourself you have a problem. This type of problem must be addressed though as it can be detrimental to health if left.
One misconception that needs dispelling to overeaters is by drinking water, or too much water is it will cause them to put on more weight. The perceived “weight” put on by drinking water, known as fluid retention, only happens when a person is unhealthy, and their condition causes large amounts of water to build up in the circulatory system, body tissues or cavities. If this is happening to you when you drink water, then please see your doctor as soon as possible as it could be a sign of something more serious.
But for most people, drinking plenty of water is excellent for good health. Fat deposits will only arise if you deprive your body of the amount of water it needs. So, ensuring you drink enough water for your body weight will reduce the chances of this happening.
What is enough water? Drinking half your body weight in pounds – but in ounces. So if your weight is 80 lbs, then you need to drink around 40 ounces of water a day. Your body is made up of 65% water and water helps to…
keep your bowel healthy,
lubricate your joints,
boosts your brain to function correctly,
keeps your skin healthy,
purifies organs, and
allows nerves to communicate better with each other.
And a deficiency of water can cause headaches, joint pain, depression and constipation to name but a few serious health problems.
So by paying attention to how much water you are drinking each day, you will help lessen your chances of overeating. A simple way to ensure you drink enough water over the course of the day is to pay particular attention at meal times. As some people mistake thirst for hunger, ensure you have a glass of water about 30 minutes before your meal. Doing this will not only help your body reach sufficient hydration levels but will also help fill your stomach and aid in your brain registering when your stomach is full; limiting overeating.
Even if you are not a fan of plain old water, add a dash of fresh lemon or lime juice, or drink herbal teas that are free of caffeine as they will contribute to your total water intake for the day.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.