Did You Overeat? 4 New + Unusual Ways to Undo the Damage Healthfully

overeating-obesity by Jerrys Place

Oh no, did you eat the entire bag of chips?  And the burger?  Don’t panic. Quick, grab these 4 useful tips:

1. Drink orange juice.

Yes, you read that right. Flavonoids, the antioxidant-like compounds in orange juice, may offset the heart-damaging effects of a calorie- and fat-laden meal, suggests a 2010 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In the study, people who drank orange juice with a high-calorie, high-fat breakfast (51 grams fat, 900 calories) had lower levels of harmful free radicals and other inflammatory markers than participants who drank plain water or sugar water and ate the same breakfast.

2. Have a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water.

Apple cider vinegar helps you after a large meal in two ways. One, apple cider vinegar has been shown to slow the digestion of food within the stomach, keeping you feeling full longer (BMC Gastroenterology, 2007). Two, apple cider vinegar lowers blood sugar levels. After a large meal, blood sugar spikes. However, when blood sugar falls from such a high peak, this makes you feel hungry. Consuming apple cider vinegar keeps your blood sugar from peaking so high in the first place. I like NOW Apple Cider Vinegar capsules better than the vinegar itself, since the vinegar burns the throat a little. Either way, be sure to drink with a full 8 oz. glass of water, so the acid does not burn your stomach.

Now, two caveats with apple cider vinegar: First, it is acidic, so this is not recommended for anyone with heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, achalasia, or the like. Second, apple cider vinegar can make diabetics hypoglycemic. Speak to your doctor if you have concerns.

3. Avoid alcohol and white sugar of all kinds.

Just as apple cider vinegar lowers your blood sugar, alcohol and desserts increase your blood sugar, causing the inevitable dive that will only stimulate your hunger later. A better bet? Orange juice or a cup of black coffee, either of which will energize you for tip #4…

4. Take a 30-minute walk.

Even though what you feel like doing is napping, don’t let your head hit the pillow. Let the calories in your stomach be burned for energy. According to Dr. Michael Roizen, author of the YOU: The Owner’s Manual series, “Stay awake for a few hours and take a 30-minute walk to help your body with the breakdown of nutrients and so that it uses the food for energy, rather than storing it as fat.”

Bottom Line

Overeating is associated with increased signs of aging, hunger pangs later, and weight gain. Yet we all make mistakes. Have a glass of orange juice or black coffee, consider taking apple cider vinegar, take a 30-minute walk, and do better next time!

Photo source: overeating-obesity, a photo by Jerrys Place on Flickr.

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