There are about a million tips for ending overeating. Turn off the TV. Don’t use big plates. Don’t eat too fast. Don’t eat right out of the container. These are all great tips, ones that I use regularly without even thinking about it, to keep the not-so-good stuff from making up the bulk of my diet. But what about doing the opposite? What about trying to overeat…the good stuff?
There are some things that you should happily binge on — spinach, broccoli, tomatoes. As long as they aren’t drowning in oil or smothered in cream sauce, I’m pretty sure green vegetables aren’t responsible for making anyone fat. But they do make you healthy — packing loads of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber into every bite — and keep you full, so you might just eat less of the other stuff on your plate. You’re supposed to get 5-7 servings a day. But some people just don’t like veggies. I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but unfortunately, it’s true. So if that’s you, maybe it’s time to trick yourself into overeating! Here are some ways.
- Use a big plate for your vegetables. Actually, use a damn platter! And load it up!
- Grab the bowl you usually put popcorn in and fill it with sliced multicolored peppers, baby carrots, and cucumbers. Munch away during “Law and Order: SVU.” (Crime and medical shows actually cause people to eat more.) By the time the last CHING CHING goes down, so too will all the veggies.
- Buy pre-bagged veggies, like the steam-in-the-bag broccoli, cauliflower, and snap peas. Rip the bag open like it’s a bag of Lays and crunch happily along. The bottom of the bag will be there before you know it.
- Pick up the pace! When you’re eating your healthy salad or steamed veggies, don’t rest your fork down as much between bites. Before you know it, you’ll have finished the whole thing. But unlike chowing on a plate of chicken fingers, you won’t have finished 60 grams of fat in 60 seconds.
Overeating is always seen as a bad thing, but you can turn it into a positive by making every veggie into a “Bet you can’t eat just one.”