Ways To Bounce Back After A Day Of Overeating

Ways to bounce back after a day of binge eating.

We’ve all had those days when we’ve thrown caution to the wind and indulged in our favorite foods a little too much. Sure, the guilt of overeating might have nudged us a little, but we only live once, don’t we?

It could be an office party, a family get together, or just a night when you didn’t want to cook. But, after the binge come a food baby and guilt. If you’ve ever been through such moments of overeating, here is how you can bounce back.

1. Stay Hydrated

Water aids in digestion, makes you feel full and alleviate abdominal pain.

This might seem counterproductive, especially if you’re already nursing a bloated belly. But, water aids digestion and prevents constipation. It also makes you feel full and fires up your metabolism. Studies have linked dehydration to abdominal pain, as well. So, hydrating your system might help you feel less “heavy.”1 2

2. Snack On Fiber-Rich Food

Fiber aids digestion, regulates insulin secretion, and alleviates bloating.

Whenever you feel like a snack, fuel your body with a lot of nutrients and fiber. Fiber aids in digestion, promotes good bowel movements, and reduces bloating. It also improves your body’s response to insulin, which might have spiked due to overeating. Foods rich in fiber include green vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and dried fruits.3 4

3. Head To
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The Gym

Moderate exercise reduces bloating and improves mood and motivation.

Do head to the gym, but not just to run on the treadmill for hours. The point of exercising after a night of binge eating isn’t just to burn all the calories you have eaten the previous night. Turns out, exercise reduces gas retention and bloating as well.5

Besides this, exercise lifts your mood and improves any feelings of low self-esteem or negativity that you might be feeling due to the guilt of overeating.6 It also motivates you to keep going. So, engage in some light cardio and strength training to help your body and mind recover from a night of

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heavy eating.7

4. Eat Protein-Rich Meals

Protein promotes satiety, and prevents overeating.

You don’t have to go on a drastic diet or starve yourself to make up for the excess calories you consumed the night before. Instead, eat healthily and ensure that your meals consist of protein-heavy foods. They help you build muscle and are better than carbohydrates and fat at keeping you full for a long time.

Protein-rich foods also lead to increased thermogenesis, a process that burns calories for energy. With improved satiety and metabolism, you’re sure to feel better in no time.8 Some good sources of protein that you should consider eating include lean meat, legumes, nuts, fish, and

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5. Get Some Shut Eye

Sleep reduces cravings for sugar and prevents overeating.

What’s worse than one night of binge eating? Two consecutive nights of binge eating! After a day of sticking to a healthy meal, snacking smart, and exercising, it would be rough on your body to have to go through an entire episode of binge eating again.

This is exactly what lack of sleep does to you. It alters appetite-regulating hormones and makes you crave sugary carbs. The result? You’re going to want to eat a lot of junk food. So, take some time out from work and television and get some good sleep instead. Your body will thank you for it.10

It’s important to not beat yourself up over eating too much. After all, it is human to

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err. Instead, focus on how you can help your body recover from the overdose of unhealthy food. Plan a week of healthy eating and write down a list of exercise goals that you want to achieve. This will keep you stay motivated and optimistic about your health.

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