What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much?

Eating too much

Okay, it’s post-Thanksgiving and many of us are in recovery after a weekend of overeating and overindulging. To help lessen the pain of gluttony some, here is a humorous - yet informative - video on what happens to your body when you eat too much followed by some useful advice on how to recover after a binge.

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Do you know just how far your stomach can really stretch? Do you know how your body tries to tell you that enough is enough? Find out the answers to these gut burning questions and more by the creators of “Reactions―Everyday Chemistry” videos.

Okay, now that you’ve seen the video, here are some abridged tips from Leora Fulvio, MFT, a psychotherapist, author and expert about the treatment of binge eating and bulimia, on how to recover from that bout of overeating.

How to Recover from a Binge the Morning After

Forgive yourself― you can go forward and learn from your binge.

Don’t try to compensate for the binge i.e. don’t vomit, don’t try to exercise the amount of calories that you think you ate, and don’t starve yourself.

Drink a glass of water with some lemon squeezed into it and maybe a few slices of cucumber if you can stomach it.

Don’t weigh yourself―you are probably retaining water from salt and overeating. Weighing yourself won’t give you an accurate measure of your weight and will probably agitate you.

If you are not hungry, drink some tea, preferably something soothing to your stomach like chamomile or ginger or peppermint. If you are not hungry by lunch time, eat something light like some broth, or miso soup or vegetable juice, or fruit and a bit of protein such as an egg or a chicken breast—but do not starve yourself.

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If you are hungry, drink some tea and prepare yourself a proper breakfast with fruit or oatmeal and some recommended protein snacks.

After eating breakfast, leave your home immediately so that you are not tempted to continue your binge. Continue to drink water and herbal tea throughout the day to help your body process the extra food.

Don’t wait too long for your next meal. Check in with your body and when it is beginning to feel hungry, but before you are feeling too hungry, try to sit down and feed it leafy greens, protein, and some fat such as olive oil and cheese or nuts. Avoid processed foods.

Make sure that you get a good night’s sleep. If your binge was only for a day you will feel much better by morning, an entire 3-day weekend of overeating, however, can take a couple more days to fully recover.

For more about overeating and what to do about it, check out Ms. Fulvio’s informative site at bingeeating therapy.com.

And here's a sure cure for stomach pain—as well as some other body aches—after too much holiday eating.

Image Source: Courtesy of Reactions—Everyday Chemistry

References:

Reactions—Everyday Chemistry “What Happens When You Eat Too Much”

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