3 Tips to Curb Mindless Eating

02/16/14 by Rennie Detore

Have you ever found yourself knuckle deep in a bag of potato chips and realize that the entire bag is gone?
That feeling isn't exclusive to you and often hampers even the most fervent and focused dieter who swears off fatty foods, deep fried delights or anything else that would jeopardize their already expanding waistline.
Mindless eating might sound like a simple lack of self control but plenty of other outside forces or the things you do on a daily basis lead to unnecessary snacking and the consumption of food without regard for just how long you've been eating.

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Focus on these five tips, and you'll be closing that potato chip bag faster than you think:
1. Count out a serving and put it on a plate
Far too often, you'll plop down on the couch and crack open a drink and dive into a bag of salted goodness while you're watching television. Two hours into your football game or intense movie, you're still eating, paying closer attention to the final score or plot line more so that how much you're eating. That's why its paramount to put what snack foods you want on a plate and fully understand what a serving size consists of no matter what you're eating.
2. Breakfast rules
Skipping your first meal often leads to larger portions throughout the day. Far too often, you'll hear friends, family or co workers lament how they only eat "one meal a day" and can't seem to lose weight. After further discussion, you realize that lone meal is enough to live on for days. In addition to the eat once a day mentality, your metabolism is negatively affected by not fueling your body first thing in the morning.
3. Emotional eating
You're in the midst of a life changing event, and usually food plays a factor on opposite ends of the spectrum: you either don't want to eat at all or can't stop chowing down. If you're affected more so by the latter, you're not alone. "Emotional" eating plagues plenty of would be weight loss persons as food often takes the place of emoting when you've received some bad news or are in the midst of a breakup. Your best bet is supplanting stuffing your face with working out, going for a walk or making it a point to increase your activity level. You'd be surprised to find out how much you won't miss food.
Eating is natural part of everyone's day, but it's important to look at food as fuel that powers your body, mind, stamina and wherewithal when it comes to work and play. That's not to say you can't enjoy food, but indulging to the point that you're hurting your health is hardly advisable.

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