Diet Downfall to Avoid
Many of us feel sure we are vigilant regarding what we eat, but new research shows forgotten nibbling could undermine your diet success.
Stolen bits and tastes such as a handful of M and M's or a few tastes of that favorite cookie dough can rack up a few hundred calories, which in turn can put on pounds quickly.
Eating while distracted can cause this "forgotten nibbling" also. So if this is "forgotten nibbling", how do we stop ourselves?
Avoid eating when your mind is elsewhere. Eliminate unnecessary distractions (turn off the radio or set aside the book). Here are a few other ways to prevent mindless-munching:
- A coworker baked scrumptious banana bread for your morning meeting. Take one slice and set it aside to savor when you are back at your desk. If you eat during the meeting, it would be easy to have a slice and a half, or more.
- While cooking or baking, chew gum. You have to take it out of your mouth to sample your cooking so you realize what you are doing.
- Avoid "cleaning-up" your kid's meals. Don't serve as much to start as you can always offer seconds. The minute your kids finish eating, wrap up or toss what is left. (But don't toss it in your mouth!)
- Watching TV - Keep your hands busy by knitting, filing your nails, or playing solitaire or some other hand-held game.