Easily Eat less, lose Weight with increase food enjoyment? Discover one simple behaviour change can make this a reality.
Or do you distract yourself while eating hoping that what you don’t actually savour won’t stick to your hips?
Eating while distracted can be an unexpected source of overeating, subsequent weight gain and indigestion. This behaviour tends to lead to overeating at the time or in the hours following the meal.
“People who multitask while eating feel less full after eating and eat twice as much later during the day as people who focus on what they were eating.” say researchers at the University of Bristol, England.
Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that workers who ate lunch while on the computer or multitasking were twice as likely to snack on cookies afterwards as were the group who did not multitask.
The researchers said that being distracted while eating inhibits “memory encoding” of the meal.
Eating quickly and/or not paying attention to what we are eating does not provide the stimulation that your brain needs to register just how much you have eaten.
Basically this means that you forget that you have eaten the meal.
Have you experienced the shock of realising that you have eaten that whole bag of crisps, biscuits, cookies etc, while you were playing a video game, watching T.V. or reading?
Given this research, it is best if you eat mindfully and allow yourself to really taste your food. The visual pleasure of looking at your food and chewing well will also help your brain to register that you are satisfied or full more quickly.
Easy ways to eat less and prevent weight gain from simply overeating, is to really focus on every bite, enjoy the flavours and eat slowly. Remember new research shows that will lead to eating less and enjoying your food so much more.
Eating this way will also improve your digestion but that is a story for another day.
Try eating mindfully for a three week period and watch what changes for you. I would love to hear what you discovered! So comment below!
Committed to supporting, inspiring and empowering you to be able to be healthier happier and fitter in your body,
Dr. Sonja Gwosdezki (Registered Chiropractor)
Wellbeing Empowerment and Stress Relief Expert
Sustainable Weight-loss Coach