Personally, I know I am guilty of confusing hunger for boredom, and often find myself eating just because I have nothing else to do. Boredom eating can lead to tons of unnecessary weight gain, but luckily there are ways to put a stop to mindless eating and ward off weight gain and even help you to lose weight.
- Become aware. Next time you head for the fridge, think about whether you are truly hungry or not. Are you stressed, sad, mad, or bored? If so, turn around and try to find another way to relieve those emotions other than turning to food. Unless you are truly hungry, there is no reason for you to snack!
- Rethink TV time. After a long day of work, it is easy to come home, sit on the couch, turn on your favorite TV show and grab a bag of chips. If you find yourself eating every time you watch TV, get rid of the snacks and turn to something else to keep you busy. Whether it be filling out logic puzzles, knitting, or doing simple weight or floor exercise, try not to snack while you watch.
- Try a little water. It is very common for someone to confuse thirst and hunger. If you recently ate and still don’t feel satisfied, try drinking a couple glasses of water and wait 30 minutes to see if you still feel hungry.
- Start sitting down. Many people tend to "graze" when they are around the house and snack as they move from room to room. When you stand up and eat you don’t register what your are eating and food doesn’t seem like a meal. Make sure you sit down and eat at specific meal and snack times instead of standing at the fridge or pantry and eating.
Try implementing these simple weight loss tricks in your daily routine if you want to see easy weight loss. You will be amazed at how much you actually mindlessly eat throughout the day!
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