We all fall victim to overeating. Some more then others of course. Very few of us stop to analyse why we over eat. Sometimes, questioning our bad habits, and trying to find our own individual solution can be the best way to beat weight gain and assist us in weight loss.
A recent studyshows that TV food ads directly correlate with an increase in calorie consumption. Before you swear off your TV, Health Editor-at-Large, Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., CNS, helps you avoid the television-induced munchies:
- Don’t watch TV on an empty stomach.
- Have a low-fat, high-fiber snack beforehand.
- If you can, fast forward through commercials.
- The simplest way, watch less TV.
Pass on Previews
For as long as we can remember, there always has been a dancing Coke or some sort of popcorn imagery before a movie begins at the theater. Why? It’s discreetly, yet effectively, messaging you to eat up. Beat the dancing snacks and come prepared with your own nutritious munchies, like a handful of pretzels and dried fruit. Remember, a small popcorn without toppings is still over 200 calories
Where’s the Value?
Value meals at fast-food restaurants might save you money now, but overeating may cost you plenty later. Avoid overeating by skipping the extra food that you don’t want or need that comes with the meals. Instead, order a la cart and only eat enough to fill you up (source).
Cutting out late night TV watching could help so many people lose weight. Instead of watching programs that have no educational value; maybe it’s time to sustitue the mindless tv with something that helps expand your knowledge (like a good book). Even if you just do this 3 or 4 days a week, it could have a huge impact on your hunger levels in the evening.