Diet Tips

Here are some diet tips that will help keep you on track and on time for goal weight.

Jun 10, 2019 Tip

Frequent snacking may be a sign of the behavior problem of unconscious eating. Unconscious eating is when you consume food without intent or keen awareness.  One example of this is nibbling on food during meal preparation.  Unconscious tasting, nibbling, and snacking can be detrimental to your diet since you may consume more fat and calories than you might consume in a full, planned meal!

Unconscious eating is a result of environmental cues, not hunger. Seeing and smelling food can trigger the desire to eat. Being in certain environments such as a baseball game, a party, etc. can cause a person to eat out of habit rather than in response to hunger. Of course, eating when you’re not hungry most likely means you’re eating extra food and calories your body doesn’t need. To avoid unconscious eating, you need to learn healthy eating habits.

Take a look at your eating habits. Do you snack frequently – 4 or more times daily (in addition to 3 meals)? Do you find yourself eating while you prepare your meals? Do you find yourself eating at social events even when you’re not hungry? Examine areas where you need to be aware of your eating habits. Try to eat only at planned meal and snack times. Avoiding unconscious eating is important to avoiding unnecessary calories and fat so you can lose those excess pounds.