What and how much you eat is extremely important when it comes to losing weight, but did you know where you eat can also be key? Eating in the wrong places can actually make you consume more or encourage you to snack on things you normally wouldn't. When you enjoy meals and snacks, make sure it's in one of these places.
- In public: When people eat alone, they tend to let go and may end up eating three times more than they normally would. If weight loss is your goal, try to eat in front of at least one other person. Even if you're alone, go out to eat at places such as at an Internet café, on a park bench, or at a coffee shop where other people are around. When you eat in public, it makes you conscious and accountable for what you put in your mouth, so you're less likely to overeat or eat foods you normally wouldn't.
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- At the kitchen table: We've all been there — standing in front of an open fridge or cupboard, inhaling spoonfuls of ice cream, grabbing handfuls of chocolate chips, and gulping straight out of the OJ container. You're more likely to consume extra calories because you're not measuring out portions. Eat at the kitchen table (or at the breakfast counter top) instead. Prepare a meal or snack and sit down so you can slowly savor each bite. Seeing the food on the plate in front of you will allow your brain to register how much you're eating so once you're finished, you'll feel satiated.
- In the break room at work: Your schedule is hectic and you're lucky enough to even remember to eat. But when you munch in front of your computer, you're so busy working that you're not paying attention to how much you're eating, and before you know it, your plate is empty and you hardly remember taking any bites. Pull away from your computer screen, even if it's for only 10 minutes, and head to the office break room. It'll not only give your eyes and brain a rest, but it's doubly good for weight loss since there are other people around and you're sitting down to really enjoy your meal.