The Big Problem With Eating Your Dinner In Front Of The TV
What is your Netflix habit doing to your diet?
BY KERI GLASSMAN August 21, 2017
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Each month, we ask our most trusted experts some of our biggest questions on every subject, from career advice to nutrition dilemmas. This month, Keri Glassman, R.D., founder of NutritiousLife.com and author of The New You (and Improved) Diet answers the question, "How do I break the habit of dinner in front of the TV?"
We all curl up with a great show and takeout once in a while, but research has shown that people who eat while distracted not only consume more but also lack awareness of how much they've eaten. So whether you live alone or with others, start by planning one night per week for a sit-down dinner, and then build toward making it at least three times a week.
At those meals, put food on a plate—even if it's delivery, you'll enjoy it more—and focus on learning about each other's day, or just relish a few moments of quiet on your own. The more you practice, the more you'll realize how much more you can appreciate every bite and flavor of food and be able to better interpret your hunger cues. In other words, you'll be eating more mindfully. You may even stop eating sooner than usual and have leftovers for lunch the next day.
This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!