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can you overeat on veggies?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

So this may sound like a ridiculous question and forgive me if it is, but whenever I prepare my meal I usually have an 8 or 9 ounce piece of meat (2x a day) and a small portion of veggies. I'm always worried about having too much on the vegetable side because my portion of meat is so big (at least in my eyes it is, still getting used to not counting calories). Should I be worried about my vegetable portion or should I just eat them until I'm full. Thanks in advance for the help, this is such a great site! Oh and just some more info, in case activity makes any difference to the answer, I workout daily by running 3 miles followed by about 20-30min of weight lifting. PLUS: The vegetables I eat are spinach, red, green and yellow bell pepper along with some yellow onion. Should I be covering a wider spectrum with my vegetable intake? If so, which vegetables should I be including?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I'd rather not *try* to over eat anything. I do know people who do competitive eating. They train with lettuce and grapes because you can eat it forever and expand your stomach without packing on the pounds.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Have you tried overeating raw green leafy vegetables? Try it. No, really try overeating raw green leafy vegetables. That's why they will never have kale-eating competitions.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 13, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Pfft, the necessary amount of meat and fat is really small, you'd have to consciously abstain from meat and fat to not get enough.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:28 PM

I agree. But I get grotesquely hungry when I try to quit caffeine and I at 8 cups of veggies. Yes, Yes you can over eat veggies. It can be done.

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:28 PM

@greymouser, Very true, last time I managed to have a bad time with the veggies involved a truckload of spinach, kale, broccoli, other veggies and a Vitamix and I definitely went a little overboard. I haven't had the same issue just eating them raw though. In all serious, I've not had any issues with just consuming them as a normal portion.

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:23 PM

thanks so much! The veggies I usually eat consist of spinach red, green and yellow bell peppers with some yellow onion.

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on September 13, 2012
at 08:21 PM

haha perfect combination!

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on September 13, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Thanks so much!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Don't *try* to overeat spinach or broccoli -- if you're at all FODMAPs, you're going to have a bad, bad time. Trust me on this. ;-)

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 13, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Eat all the veggies you can handle. Try to overeat on spinach and broccoli, not going to happen. Eat until you are satisfied, if you are consuming good food and your hormone levels are normal, your body will tell you when you're full. Enjoy the veggies and don't stress!!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 13, 2012
at 08:28 PM

I agree. But I get grotesquely hungry when I try to quit caffeine and I at 8 cups of veggies. Yes, Yes you can over eat veggies. It can be done.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on September 13, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Don't *try* to overeat spinach or broccoli -- if you're at all FODMAPs, you're going to have a bad, bad time. Trust me on this. ;-)

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on September 13, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Thanks so much!

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 13, 2012
at 08:28 PM

@greymouser, Very true, last time I managed to have a bad time with the veggies involved a truckload of spinach, kale, broccoli, other veggies and a Vitamix and I definitely went a little overboard. I haven't had the same issue just eating them raw though. In all serious, I've not had any issues with just consuming them as a normal portion.

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Can one overeat veggies? Probably, but I'd venture to guess it'd be really hard to do. If your digestion is healthy and your relationship with food is good, eat as many veggies as you want.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:47 PM

you can over-eat anything. Especially people with physical disorders that cannot perceive when they are full.

But the real danger of over consumption of veggies is the marginal return. Eating your fill of vegetables at the expense of other necessary nutrients (like fat) is a bad idea. If you are full from eating 5 squash so you don't have the meat -- that would be a problem.

But given your scenario (eating the meat first) then you should be fine filling up with veggies.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 14, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Have you tried overeating raw green leafy vegetables? Try it. No, really try overeating raw green leafy vegetables. That's why they will never have kale-eating competitions.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 14, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I'd rather not *try* to over eat anything. I do know people who do competitive eating. They train with lettuce and grapes because you can eat it forever and expand your stomach without packing on the pounds.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 13, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Pfft, the necessary amount of meat and fat is really small, you'd have to consciously abstain from meat and fat to not get enough.

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Yes, no and maybe. See below.

The yes, it depends on the kind of veggies. For instance, 2 pounds of starchy veggies are much different than say, broccoli or spinach. The impacts on blood sugar are vastly different, especially the more you consume. I'd say it would be difficult to overeat on green veggies because it takes a ton of volume to do so. It's similar with something like sweet potatoes, but because of the starch, it would be easier. They both have a GI-limiting effect though, which would make it very difficult to overconsume before the volume becomes uncomfortable.

The no, from a calorie standpoint, I don't think it's possible. Assuming you are eating these things BY THEMSELVES, with no added fats, I don't think it's going to matter. Nutrient-density of these foods is pretty high, therefore you will be getting a high-quality intake from them. They aren't very addictive foods either, at least when not combined with fats or oils that make them far more addicting.

The maybe, from a variety standpoint, obviously eating only veggies is going to leave you deficient in certain nutrients. Amino acids, vitamins and essential fats. So if overconsuming these is coming at the sacrifice of proteins and fats, then possibly.

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on September 13, 2012
at 08:23 PM

thanks so much! The veggies I usually eat consist of spinach red, green and yellow bell peppers with some yellow onion.

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on September 13, 2012
at 07:59 PM

I think it would be REALLY hard to overeat veggies. I try to make sure I have more veggies on my plate than meat, and try to have a variety. The only exceptions would probably be something with a higher starch content like sweet potatoes, but even then, it isn't like something bad would happen to you. I would eat the majority of veggies in as much abundance as you can get! They are typically really low in calories, but really high in nutrients - win win!

C6f441a3410394366ef567ebe2d55d00

on September 13, 2012
at 08:21 PM

haha perfect combination!

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on April 23, 2013
at 08:46 PM

I have heard that eating too many carrots can be problematic, but I believe that it is only if you eat extreme amounts. They can make your fingers turn orange!

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on April 23, 2013
at 08:22 PM

You actually CAN eat too many!

A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables. But, if you think eating more than the government appointed daily recommendations makes you healthier, think again. Eating too much of any one food group can lead to weight gain and health issues. On the other hand, a pediatrician may recommend an increase in vegetable servings for children with gastrointestinal issues or the tendency to overeat.

Effects Consuming most of your daily calories from any one food group -- including fruits and vegetables -- deprives your body of essential nutrients found in other food groups and increases your daily calorie intake, according to dietitian and regional clinical nutrition manager for Providence Nutrition Services, Terese Scollard. Eating too many fruits or vegetables subjects your body to high amounts of natural sugars. For example, a serving of vegetables without any added condiments or sauces averages 35 calories. A serving of fruit can top 80 to 100 calories. If you binge on fruits or veggies, you consume extra calories.

advertisement Sponsored Links 4 Signs of a Heart Attack Right Before a Heart Attack Your Body Will Give You These 4 Signs w3.newsmax.com Benefits Eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily lowers your risk for major health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer and type 2 diabetes. For children, extra vegetables aid in digestion, according to Dr. William Sears. The additional fiber reduces instances of constipation. However, excessive consumption of those favorite greens can also lead to vomiting, diarrhea and gastrointestinal discomfort. Since each person's body varies, so does the reaction to overeating vegetables and fruits.

Features Your age and level of physical activity determines how many servings of fruits and vegetables you should eat per day, according to the Department of Health & Human Services. Moderately active women ages 19 to 50 require 2 cups of fruits and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day. Men of the same ages require an additional 1/2 to 1 cup of vegetables. No age group requires more than 2 1/2 cups of fruits or 3 1/2 cups of vegetables per day.

Tips Understanding servings sizes can help determine if you're overeating. Examples of 1 cup of fruit include one large orange, eight large strawberries or 1 cup of chopped, mixed fresh fruits. An ear of corn, 12 baby carrots, 10 florets of broccoli or a large sweet potato is roughly equivalent to 1 cup of vegetables.

Consequences If you're hungry, Providence Health & Services recommends the healthier option of grabbing an apple instead a bag of potato chips. Eating too many fruits or vegetables -- in lieu of processed, high sugar and fatty snacks -- is not a serious problem, according to Scollard. When snacking, choosing fruits and vegetables also helps satisfy the appetite. These high fiber foods give the body a full feeling faster than processed foods

May 27, 2011 | By Angela Tague
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/455983-can-you-eat-too-much-fruit-veggies/#ixzz2RJtPTmjY

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on September 13, 2012
at 09:36 PM

Eat a wide variety of veggies- whatever is in season! Sign up for a CSF or recruit friends to do a market-outing once a week. Eat baked, roasted, steamed, and raw (if well tolerated). To maximize absorption of vitamins, eat them with a fat source (like that piece of meat!). You'll be fine.

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on September 14, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Veggies are the crux of the mediocre diet.

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on September 13, 2012
at 08:27 PM

maybe if you dip them in hollandaise sauce and tzatziki

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