I'm a doctor and simple weight loss hack will stop you overeating

OVEREATING is driven by a number of factors – stress, habit, or just really tasty food.

It's normal to eat until you feel stuffed now and again. But overeating can become a problem if you're doing it all the time.

Dr Michael Russo, a weight loss surgeon in the US, says some people overeat at meal times without being aware they are doing it.

And he has a simple trick to prevent it- and help you lose weight as an added bonus.

In a TikTok video viewed 175,000 times, Dr Russo said: “Ever wonder why you overeat?

“Overeating is defined as consuming over 1 to 1.5 litres of food, which is the fill volume of a normal stomach.

“Your stomach can stretch to make room.

"But if you eat too quickly, you can fill your stomach before the hormonal signal has had time to reach your brain.”

Hormonal signals are secreted in the digestive system that tell the brain to “stop eating”.

These hormones are released when the stomach fills up, and so-called stretch receptors are activated.

One hormone, leptin, is produced by fat cells when we are eating to tell the brain there is enough energy stored.

It’s thought it takes around 20 minutes for these signals to reach the brain, but it varies from person to person.

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Harvard Health explains that when someone eats too quickly, there is not enough time for communication between the gut and the brain.

It causes you to eat more and more, and by the time the brain is aware the stomach is full, you’ve eaten too much.

Dr Russo said the best way to overcome overeating is “by making a conscious decision to eat slower”.

There are many other factors at play that can cause someone to eat too much food on a regular basis.

For example, people with obesity have shown to be more resistant to the hormone leptin, otherwise known as the “appetite suppressor”.

The leptin signalling does not work as well, and this is thought to be one of the main biological reasons people struggle with obesity.

Sometimes overeating can be a person's coping mechanism for difficult emotions or is a habit attached to watching TV, reward, or spending time with friends or family.

Overeating is usually seen as habit, such as always having seconds after dinner, finishing a whole bag of popcorn or eating a packet of biscuits with your tea, instead of a couple.

But there are warning signs when overeating becomes more serious, and could be a mental health condition. 

Some people overeat because they have binge eating disorder, which can be triggered by low self-esteem, dieting or stress.

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Those addicted to overeating often use food to cope with negative emotions, stress, or as a source of comfort.

Binge eating episodes are when someone eats a lot of food in a short period of time, often with feelings of guilt, shame and secrecy. 

Classified as a mental illness, binge eating disorder has a diagnostic criteria including a bingeing episode at least once a week for three months.

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