Studies show that grazing or mindless eating throughout the day is a common behaviour of those who struggle with their weight. By grazing, little by little, snack-by-snack, bite-by-bite, you consume more calories than you need in a given day. This translates into unwanted pounds.
Constant grazing is a habit that can be broken. Often our hurried lifestyles make it difficult to plan and prepare nutritious meals and snacks. We know what we should and shouldn’t do; we know the dangers, but how do we break the grazing habit? Here are 4 simple but essential tips:
- Sit down once a week (when you are not hungry) to plan your meals and your snacks.
- Make a shopping list to get the things you need and if necessary, prepare a few meals in advance.
- Eat three meals each day and plan for two nutritious snacks each day, but otherwise avoid eating between meals.
- Make sure you have some low calorie choices at the ready for unplanned hunger attacks. We favour low-calorie selections such as a piece of fruit, 100-calorie low-sugar yogurts, left-over steamed veggies, or a cup of bouillon or hot broth.