Okay, you've all heard the term "grazing" — you know, picking at food throughout the day instead of (or in addition to) eating regular meals. This constant, indiscriminate eating — especially when you're focused on another task, such as talking on the phone, working on the computer, or watching TV — is the downfall of many committed dieters, but it doesn't have to be.
If you're piling on pounds because you eat when you're distracted or bored rather than when you're actually hungry, try the following tactics to break the habit.
To curb daytime grazing:
- Don't eat while you're standing up, in the car, on the go, or when you don't have time for a full, proper meal. If you sit down at mealtimes and pay attention to every bite, you'll be more relaxed; you'll notice when you're satisfied, which means that you'll be less likely to overeat — and you'll actually enjoy your food!
- Don't skip meals. I mean it. You might think you're saving yourself calories, but it will only leave you famished and more likely to consume extra calories later on to feel full.
To curb nighttime grazing:
- Why do most people graze at night? Because they're bored. If you've been thinking about taking up knitting, crossword puzzles, Ping-Pong, or some other hobby that will keep your brain busy in the evening, now is the time to do it.
- Brush your teeth. Food never seems quite as appealing when you have that fresh, minty toothpaste taste in your mouth.
- Try a cup of hot tea; the warm liquid in your stomach can help you feel satiated.
How to Stop Grazing Throughout the Day
From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Friday, December 18, 2009