You have been exercising but when you step on the scale, (gasp!) it says you’ve gained some more weight! Wondering how you are gaining a few extra pounds even after working out? It’s probably because of your eating habits. It is said that an average person makes around 250 decisions about food every day. These decisions that are made are mostly around convenience, price, and taste of the food. Can you guess what’s missing then? It’s the calorie intake and the nature of foods that you are consuming. Have you ever analyzed whether the food you are eating is healthy?
Based on how we function in today’s world, especially when it comes to our diet and food choices, a concept called ‘mindless eating’ has developed.
Mindless eating is when you are not focused on your food and you mostly eat when you aren’t really hungry. At this state, you don’t even pay much attention to what’s on your fork!
How Do You Know If You Are A Victim
1.You eat when you aren’t really hungry
Our lives are structured in such a way that we tend to eat even if we aren’t hungry. This mostly happens during social gatherings or family meetups. Worst of all, we always consume foods that are not really healthy for our bodies.
2. You eat while concentrating on other things
Have you ever had a meal where your focus is on your plate alone? No? Most of us do this and it’s not healthy. It’s important to know what you are eating. It’s not healthy to eat in front of the television or have your snack while surfing on the internet. These distractions can lead to overeating.
3. You overeat when you are depressed
Another emerging cause of mindless eating is unhappiness. Working professionals are under a lot of stress and most of them are going through depression. To fight these episodes of depression, people tend to binge eat on packaged foods, aerated drinks, ice cream, and everything that looks attractive on the outside.
4. You eat when bored
Eating to kill time is another example of mindless eating. Even when you aren’t hungry, you tend to binge eat just to pass time.
Beating Your Mindless Eating Habits!
- Opt for healthy foods and keep them around you.
- Never eat directly from a package – always portion food out on your plate.
- Break the fast first thing in the morning. Eat something hot.
- Avoid going more than 3-4 hours without having something to eat
Healthy eating habits are hard to implement. If you try and focus on it every day, you’ll have a tab of what you are eating. This way you’ll keep a watch on your food and your weight. It’s easy to put on extra pounds, and very very difficult to shed that extra fat. You are inviting diseases because of your eating habits alone.