You know the healthy eating drill — load up on produce, lean proteins, whole grains, drink lots of water, limit fat and sugar intake. You strive for that but, honestly, it's hard to stick to it all the time. And even if you manage to stick to these eating habits, you may still partake in the small habits that make you overeat. Not only can these habits counteract all of your healthy habits, but it can keep you from feeling more energized, getting stronger, sleeping better, or whatever it is that you were hoping would result.
And it's not just about overeating the less than healthy foods. According to Women's Health, you can just as easily overeat healthy foods as you can with unhealthy foods. In some cases, overdoing it on the grub can be classified as compulsive overeating, or binge-eating disorder. But according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), binge-eating disorder's lifetime prevalence is 2.8 percent of the U.S. population. Even though you probably don't have a diagnosable condition, you may have picked up little habits here and there that are making you overeat. Recognizing these seven small, common habits and making changes will prevent you from unknowingly overeating as often.