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How To Stop Mindless Eating

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 16:57

1. Look for patterns

“Notice the reasons behind the choices you’re making,” says Sarah-Jane Holt, performance nutritionist at Matt Roberts. “So many of us make food choices in reaction to an emotion – if we have had a bad day, feel stressed or unhappy we’ll go for a glass of wine, chocolate or a meal that we might consider a treat.”

Spotting the link will allow you to address this. “Next time this situation arises, see if you can create some space between the emotion and the reaction. Once you know why you want to make a certain food choice, think about how it will make you feel afterwards and allow yourself to become more aware of the choice.” Ready to accept that sugar crash for the sake of a brief high? Well, if you’re sure it’s worth it…

2. Stave off urges

It’s easier to avoid the temptation of waistline-expanding treats if your stomach isn’t growling. “To help appetite control it’s a good idea to make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet,” says Holt. “It’ll help you feel fuller for longer. Step two is to stay hydrated – drink two to three litres of water a day to avoid mistaking thirst for...

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