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Top Four Excuses For Being Overweight- I Eat Because The Food Is There

In this series we have talked about three excuses for overeating:

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1.       I Am Bored.

2.       I Like The Taste Of Food.

3.       I Am Stressed Out.

But, there is one more that should not be overlooked.

Top Four Excuses – I Eat Because The Food Is There

Did you grow up hearing your mom say, “Eat all of the food on your plate”?  The compulsion to eat food just because it’s there often comes from a good place. We know that there are people in the world who never know where their next meal is coming from. So, the thought of wasting or passing up on food becomes a moral conflict.

It’s amazing how much emotion is wrapped up in our food choices.

Too often we serve up our food based on long-held assumptions of what our body needs to be satisfied. The truth is that our body often needs far less than we think it does.

Actually, portion sizes have steadily increased over the last twenty years. What we now perceive as a normal portion is considerably more than we should be eating. In other words, the amount your mom may have encouraged you to eat has morphed into considerably more food at each sitting.

Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes the plate arrives and there’s enough food for two or even three people on it. Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a “normal” portion at home too. We call it portion distortion.

Check out these examples of how larger portions lead to increased calories:


Top 4 Excuses For Overeating - I Eat Because The Food Is There


Mindful eating is essential for fighting the compulsion to eat food just because it’s there. You need to know how much you are going to eat before you take the first bite. This will keep you from putting more on your plate than you should eat in one sitting.

Solutions For Eating Just Because The Food Is There And How To Move On To Lose The Weight For Good

1. You have to learn what appropriate serving sizes actually look like.

This graphic from Women’s Day provides some very helpful visual comparisons. Print this off and refer to it regularly until you have memorized the appropriate serving sizes.

Top 4 Excuses For Overeating - I Eat Because The Food Is There


2.    During the first several weeks, plan to eat half the amount you normally eat.

Initially, your stomach will still be accustomed to larger amounts of food.

3.     Learn to read food labels.

Snack foods are often packaged in bags with multiple servings.

4.     Avoid anything that is labeled Supersized.

5.     Eat from a smaller sized plate plate.

Realize that the amount you eat or don’t eat will not provide any additional food for the children in Africa or those starving in many of our urban centers. If it is really a conscience issue for you, then consider doing something proactively to feed the poor. Donate your time and/or money to charitable pursuits. Skip a few tempting restaurant meals, especially when you are first trying to develop a weight loss mindset, and give that money to feed those who don’t have food.

I hope this series has helped you to look your excuses straight in the eye and take charge of your own food choices.

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  1. Debbie says:

    Hi Shellie!
    I am stopping by to let you know that I featured your blog on my Shout Out Saturday blog of May.
    Thank you for sharing so many great posts!

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Debbie, what a pleasant surprise! I will be sure to go see your post and give it a boost!

  2. thank you so much for reminding me…so true, I’m so accustomed to eating more than I need I guess. Especially since during and after chemo, they gave me steroid as part of the pre-medication. But I guess we just need more self-discipline 🙂

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Indah! It’s tough and we all have to walk our own road. I am glad to hear you made it through your health journey.

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