Itâ€™s time you got rid of all your mealtime distractions and learned to eat alone. Donâ€™t worry, you wonâ€™t have to abandon your friends or family to follow this diet trick. Weâ€™re talking about eliminating other forms of distraction that can lead you to overeat, like the television.
Multi-tasking as you eat may sound efficient, and it really is â€“ an efficient form of delivering extra calories thatâ€™ll end up on your thighs, that is. As unfortunate as it may seem, eating while youâ€™re not paying attention is a quick way to pack on the pounds. TV-watching, reading or zoning out to music or an audio book while chowing down are all activites that can cause you to eat more without even realizing it.
So eat alone. Turn off the television, shut the book and take out the ear plugs. Set yourself down at the table or outside in front of a beautiful sunrise or sunset and actually take the time to enjoy what youâ€™re eating. And while youâ€™re at it, donâ€™t eat out of the bag or container that your food came in. Serve yourself a reasonable portion ahead of time and then put the rest away.
Take your time eating and wait to serve yourself a second helping until at least 20 minutes have gone by so that your hunger signals have time to catch up. When you become more aware of what youâ€™re eating, you also become better at practicing portion control, which can then translate into better control of your diet to help you reach your weight goals.