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Stop Mindless Eating, Start Losing Weight

January 22, 2014 by  

Stop Mindless Eating, Start Losing Weight
Want to lose weight? Don't eat like this!

Eating food out of habit, even if you’re not hungry (called “mindless eating”), puts your waistline at risk. So pay attention: There are straightforward steps you can take to control your eating and take off pounds.

Because of poor eating habits, many people eat more than they know, according to researcher Brian Wansink, a marketing professor in Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

But if you can make small, gradual changes to the way you eat, says Wansink, you can take off pounds and keep them off.

“(Our study) results confirm that small, consistent changes in our daily eating behavior can result in gradual weight loss and in developing healthier eating habits,” Wansink argues.

The most effective ways to zap mindless eating include:

  • Clear your kitchen counters of all foods except healthy foods.
  • Don’t eat from food packages. Always dish out portions of food onto a plate.
  • Eat something hot for breakfast within your first waking hour.
  • Graze during the day. Don’t let yourself go more than three or four hours without having a small snack.
  • Put down your knife and fork between bites to slow down your eating.

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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