Why You Shouldn't Eat in Front of TV

Some nights, all we want to do when we get home is curl up with the  remote and watch TV while eating dinner. And as relaxing as that is, it  turns out it’s not the best way to enjoy your meal.

What’s the problem? Registered dietitian Keri Glassman  explains that eating while distracted can lead us to consume more than  we realize. We’re so busy paying attention to what’s happening on the  screen that we aren’t aware of how much we’ve eaten and don’t stop when  we’re full.

But this can be a hard habit to break. Glassman suggests a good way  to start is by planning a sit-down dinner one night a week and  increasing that to three times a week once you’re used to it. She says  it helps to put your food on a plate, even if it’s takeout, to help you  enjoy it more.

If you live with roommates or family, spend the meal catching up on  each other’s day, instead of catching up on a TV show you missed. And if  you live alone, spend the quiet time being aware of your surroundings  and your food. Practicing being mindful like this can help you  appreciate the flavors more and help you pay attention to your hunger  cues, so you realize when it’s time to put down the fork. And that way  you might even end up with leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Bonus!

Source: Women's Health