Are you hungry or just bored? Many people eat for activity, rather than hunger.
It’s true. How often do we schedule get-togethers and social occasions around a meal? Or, how often do you eat while you drive, cook, work, read, or watch TV?
Too often, we combine eating with relaxing and socializing, and studies show that this can lead to double the calories consumed.
Distractions at mealtime lead to loss of awareness and focus on the quality and quantity of the food we eat. What’s more, these studies report we don’t feel any fuller.
Alternatives to the table
Rather than socializing around the table, why not catch-up with a walk in the park, around the block, or on your favorite hiking trail?
Set up a few rules for yourself—for example: no eating in the car or while standing up. And create distraction free zones, like the kitchen where the TV is off, and books and newspapers are off the table.