How To Counteract The Effects Of Overeating

If you like to eat, but you also want to be in good shape, you know how difficult it can be to resist delicious temptations in the form of fast food or sweets. It’s completely acceptable to indulge yourself every once in a while, but staying fit requires clear boundaries on how much you can eat. When you go too far and eat one too many slices of pizza/cake, do your best to get back on track and avoid feeling guilty about it, because guilt will do you no good.

Overeating can cause multiple digestion problems, which is why you should steer clear of this nefarious habit. Furthermore, if you are into bodybuilding, then you need to approach every cheat meal with caution and strategy to get rid of the excess calories as soon as possible. Here are some steps that you can take to counteract the effects of overeating.

For starters, you need to determine if you’ll be dealing with overeating before or after it happens. There is no correct answer to this dilemma, seeing that some people prefer to burn more calories before their cheat meal, while others decide to break more sweat the day after it. Here, it’s important to listen to your body. If you have a sensitive digestive tract that could get upset if you do a workout a few hours after you’ve had your feast, then opt out for a pre-meal workout that will get your metabolism to burn more calories faster.

One verified way to control the consequences of overeating is exercising. The best way to get around this is to have more intense workout sessions a couple of days before your cheat meal, to preset your body to burning even more calories than usual. Here, the key lies with the glycogen-depleting workout that spikes your insulin sensitivity. Elevated insulin sensitivity allows your body to ingest a lot of carbs, without gaining as much fat as it normally would. If you can’t get yourself to exercise with more intensity for a couple of days in a row, then do a glycogen-depleting workout on the day you’ve planned to have your big meal, it will still do you a world of good.

Another good approach would be to do your regular workout and finish it with twenty minutes of conditioning complexes that will get your blood running. Doing a series of repetitive movements such as hang cleans, overhead presses and dead lifts will allow you to burn additional calories and help your body handle anything you send its way much easier.

You don’t want to overeat? Then nibble on something fulfilling couple of hours before your cheat meal happens. This is called the “second meal effect”, where you eat something healthy and hearty to keep you full so that you don’t overdo it when the big meal comes. Great choices for your healthy meal would be a veggie soup or maybe some roasted chicken with plenty of salad on the side. This way, you will still be able to enjoy your carb fiesta, but not eat too much. No overeating, no reason to feel guilty in the morning and no need to hit the gym like there’s no tomorrow.

In case you don’t want to do either of the two options we talked about, there is another way to deal with the food extravaganza aftereffects that will definitely show on the scale. After you’ve had your cheat meal and slept on it, you can spend the next day doing what’s known as Pulse Fast. The routine here is quite simple – instead of eating solid food, you should drink a protein shake pulse (one pulse equals to 5g of protein) every two hours throughout the day. If you decide to work out that day, remember to drink one pulse before you start training, one in the middle of your workout and one right after you’ve completed it. This way, you won’t get hungry or lose gains, and your body will get a chance to cleanse from all the food you had the day before.

Overeating is an indulgence that everyone succumbs to (some more often than others), and you shouldn’t beat yourself up for it. As you can see, there are plenty of things that you can do to help you get your body back on track, just avoid the drama over calories and get to work.

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