Why Is It so Hard to Stop Overeating?

Nothing fills you with more dread than stepping on the scale at the doctor’s office. You’re worried because you have been overeating and now you feel depressed and terrified at the same time. The doctor wants you to lose weight but never gives you any actual strategies.

Just thinking about a diet makes you feel like you’re starving. You head straight to the nearest fast food place. Afterward, you feel awful and promise yourself not to do that anymore. The only problem is you can’t stop thinking about food.


Overeating is a common problem that can feel completely out of control, leading to binge eating disorder. Medical research shows that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is the main cause.
Just knowing what’s bad for our health is not necessarily enough to motivate us to change it. Although you’re trying to stay in control, once you start eating, you can’t seem to stop. Overeating feels kind of like an addiction. Because it is.
I really want you to know you’re not alone. I understand overeating first hand from personal experience. I know what it feels like to eat a huge bag of chips by yourself and still feel hungry. But I also know there is absolutely a way to get off this hamster wheel and break the habit of overeating so you can regain your health.
As a health coach, I teach my clients how to get back in control of their eating and lifestyle habits WITHOUT feeling deprived. So I want to share a few insights.

Understand exactly what triggers your overeating

Identify your personal triggers and get support so you can stop the self-destructive habits controlling your life. Certain foods, smells, and stressors will tempt you to run to junk food for comfort.

Consider possible triggers for overeating:

1. Food addiction (certain foods are designed to get us hooked)
2. Processed food, sugar, high fat, and calorie rich food
3. Psychological Stress
4. Lack of sleep
5. Desire for comfort
6. Boredom
7. Depression
8. Inactivity
9. Medications

Diets don’t work

Most diets fail because they are completely unnatural for our bodies. Diets commonly make people feel constantly hungry and resentful. Willpower does not work for long. What you really need is a lifestyle change where you nourish your body with the right type of food. Your meals are supposed to be satisfying—leaving you comfortably full—not feel hungry and deprived all the time. A whole food plant-based lifestyle has all of these qualities! It’s been shown to reverse diabetes, inflammation and insulin resistance more effectively than conventional diets.

Imagine how you want your life to look?

Imagine going from exhausted and bloated to fit and toned.

How will it feel to have your blood sugar under control?

Imagine losing the weight and look amazing in smaller sized clothes ?

What will it be like to have tons of energy all day long?

If you’re ready to change and help your body heal itself, this is where I come in!

As an expert health coach my goal is to provide you with powerful educational resources, support, and accountability so you can feel great and enjoy your life.

If you are experiencing diabetes, join our free Facebook group, Natural Solutions for Diabetes. There you’ll get on the path to health. Join here.



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About the Author:

Dr. Carla Hightower, MD, MBA is a certified integrative health coach, speaker, and corporate wellness consultant. She helps busy people develop healthier lifestyle habits and use plant-based nutrition so they can heal themselves. She provides educational information through her health coaching services and an online course on diabetes. In addition she is an engaging speaker on the subject of plant-based food and healthy lifestyle habits that improve health, energy and productivity. In her prior career she practiced anesthesiology for 21 years. In the midst of that career she overcame personal health challenges by adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Also, she observed that most of her patients were suffering from preventable complications of chronic lifestyle diseases. From those experiences she is motivated to teach people how to take full control of their health through better eating and lifestyle habits.

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