Solo eaters: how to slow down

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  • Some tips to avoid distractions that can lead to mindless eating 

If you eat alone, slowing down the pacing of your meal can be a special challenge.

Weight-loss experts recommend avoiding distractions that can lead to mindless eating, by turning off the TV, radio, and computer and putting away books, magazines, and even crossword puzzles.

Try pausing for several minutes between bites of food, to be sure the food you just swallowed fits comfortably into your pouch. To fill these gaps, try relaxing deep breathing, watch the birds at a feeder outside your kitchen window, or keep a small, hands-on game on the table to play between bites - such as a Rubik’s cube.

 

Professor John B Dixon

MBBS PhD FRACGP FRCP Edin

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Contents of article are author’s own views and experience. Comments on this article should be made directly to author.

For more information, you can contact Professor John Dixon on www.bakeridi.edu.au