Overeating is such a big word, it is so general and it can touch almost anybody. In our community, overeating is almost like a curse. I believe many of you think of yourselves as overeaters, but there are different kinds of overeating and different kinds of solutions for them. The most common overeating example is sweets, it is not only applied to overweight people but to anyone with a weakness to sweets.
I have been there myself, tasting one little piece of chocolate made me go berserk and eat every sweet thing in sight, luckily I was too lazy to go out and get some more. The best way to solve this is to never take this first bite, I know it's difficult, i've been there. If it's really hard for you, just forbid all sweets from your home and remove temptation.
Another kind of over eating is emotional eating. I can assume most of us are familiar with that too. Emotional eating is when you eat to relieve stress, feel better or out of boredom. This is a slippery slope, try not to get there if you can. If you already have emotional eating problems, you should replace the food with another stress relieving method. You should try eating sugar free gum instead of eating a sandwich when you know you are only eating emotionally and not out of hunger.
This brings me to the next example, habits. Bad eating habits can often cause overeating even if you are not aware of it. For example, if you are used to eat before going to sleep, you are effectively damaging your own dieting efforts and it is all just because you are used to it, nothing more.
The simple solution is to start to check yourself. What are you eating? When are you eating? And most importantly: why are you eating? You will notice that you eat for so many reasons while only one of them is hunger.
The last and most complicated overeating example is addiction. I know some people who define themselves as food addicts. It is a very tough situation to be in and some of those people really believe they have no power over food. I have heard people say stuff like: "it's stronger than me", "it's not my fault i'm an addict" "i just can't stop eating".
I'm sure you heard it too. But it is definitely something you can fix. You can go to a support group, you can even go to a psychologist. I even heard of a mother whose refrigerator contains only her diet food and she has different compartments for her husband and kids.
Most cases of overeating can be sorted to one of these four examples. So try being creative, you know yourself better than anyone else. You should find out what works for you and do it.