One of the most common reasons that people gain weight excessively is that they are not just eating when they are hungry. They might be eating just casually without thinking about it just because it’s become a habit.
Watch the video below to find out how to distract yourself from mindless eating to succeed in your weight loss goal journey. We also have our mega-post on dieting here. There is a list of our recommendations under the video to keep you healthy and happy!
When you eat without thinking about it, you can very easily end up eating way more food than you intended to, which can cause your calorie limits to vanish for the day. To prevent mindless eating, a good option for you might be distractions.
Because people eat mindlessly out of habit, it can easily be substituted for any other hands-on habit to fill that gap. Mindless eating is often done just as something to do with your hands while you are not doing anything else, but you can do many things as distractions that will not cause you to eat excessively.
One option is to take up arts and crafts. When you do not have a specific goal in mind. Arts and crafts can be a great way to take your mind off of mindlessly eating. You can do something as simple as sketching in a notebook with a pencil, or try learning new things like sewing or crocheting.
Not only will this take your mind off of eating, but it can also help you learn new skills. You can keep getting better and make some things you are proud of or give as a gift.
Another option that some have taken to is cleaning. Instead of eating, you can pretty mindlessly clean up around the house while you are not doing anything. While it may seem like a chore, you just need the right mindset.
Treating it as something that you are choosing to do rather than something you have to do can make a significant difference. If your house is already generally clean, you can always initiate some deeper cleaning tasks, getting into the spots that you tend to overlook – like closets or the attic.
Finally, it is worth trying to learn new skills as hobbies to take your mind off of eating. Find something that you’re interested in learning how to do. This could be anything from working on a car to learning an instrument.
No matter what it is you choose, you will be able to distract yourself from eating by devoting more time to that skill. For example, learning how to play the guitar can take a long time.
Whenever you next feel like eating a snack, you could pick up the guitar instead and spend some time working on learning it. At the end of the day, you can become proficient in something interesting, while losing weight in the process.