You know that what you eat is important for achieving weight loss goals. But did you know that how you eat also plays a role in fitness? Mindless eating is simply defined as eating food without paying attention. This kind of distracted and often emotional eating can cause you to ignore your body’s signals that you’re full. In turn, that can lead to actual weight gain. Here are just a few strategies to be more mindful of your eating habits.
When you plan to eat, set a timer for 20-minutes. Take the entire 20-minutes to eat the meal, focusing on each bite so you don’t wolf it all down quickly.
Try eating with your non-dominant hand. This won’t feel natural, forcing you to slow down and be more conscious about your food.
Eat silently for five minutes, thinking about what it took to produce that meal. From the sun to the farmer, and all of the meal prep that followed.
Take small bites and thoroughly chew your food before reaching for another forkful.
Before opening the fridge or pantry, take a breath and ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” You can even do something else first, like reading, drinking a glass of water, or going on a short walk to help you figure out the real answer.