In 2009, I attended a seminar Turning Mindless Eating tm Into Mindless Weight Loss taught by Brian Wansink, PhD Food Psychologist at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. Here are the tips I learned:
Tips to Avoid Mindless Eating
- Repackage snacks into individual sized bags to prevent overconsumption. Larger containers make us more likely to over-indulge.
- Store foods in cupboards or the pantry rather than on the counter or other open area. You’ll be less likely to mindless munch on foods if you have to go out of your way to get them.
- Eat on smaller dinner plates. Using larger plates leads us to overfill our plate unintentionally and consequently eat more.
- Be cautious of food labels claiming “low-fat,” “low-sugar,” or “low-calorie.” These foods can cause people to overeat because they don’t feel as “guilty” about consuming them in comparison to the regular versions.
- If you are feeling sad, don’t use food to try to improve your mood. Instead, try going for a walk, watching a movie, or talking to a friend.