Stop boredom eating with the help of these 5 hacks

How many times have you found yourself munching on snacks, when you are super bored? A million times, right? Well, if you are looking to get rid of the bad habit of boredom eating, here’s help.
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Yes, even boredom can make you want to indulge in emotional eating. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published: 4 Jun 2021, 15:17 pm IST
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Boredom eating is real ladies—and we’re sure most of you have experienced it. There have been so many times when we resort to eating, because we have nothing better to do. That also means we unnecessarily pile on calories, and then we complain that our weight has increased. It’s all a cycle, we say. 

The biggest issue is that boredom eating is caused by lack of eating awareness. Yes, we don’t think but continue to eat. And that means we can’t even keep track of how much we ate, and in most cases, why we ate. To get rid of this habit, it is essential that you maintain healthy habits with regard to food. This will certainly improve your health

Here are 5 ways in which you can control boredom eating:
1. Keep a food diary

Yes, this is a simple exercise but helps in a big way. As we said, boredom eating happens when you don’t keep a track of all that you eat. Keep a food diary for a week and that’s going to make you more aware of how much you are consuming throughout the day. Trust us, it will help you become more conscious of your eating habits

2. Plan your meals

The next step is to plan your meals. If you decide well in advance, you can definitely make conscious food choices. That’s because the next time you feel bored or hungry, you already have healthy foods to satiate your appetite. And if you know that those are unnecessary cravings, you can wait it out and eat when it’s time for your next meal. All in all, planning meals makes a huge difference.

3. Brush your teeth

You must be thinking we’ve gone crazy, but guess what? Brushing your teeth doesn’t just help to maintain good oral health, but also suppresses your appetite. Yes, we are talking about that minty taste you have in your mouth, after brushing your teeth. Believe it or not, it will help you to snack less. 

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Brushing your teeth has any effect on the hormones that regulate a person’s appetite! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Set daily goals

It is often said Rome wasn’t built in a day, which means you can’t suddenly transform in a day. Take your time; it’s all about setting small goals and achieving them. For instance, drink three litres of water the first day, and then add three servings of veggies and fruits the next day. Within a matter of time, these habits will be a part of your personality. 

5. Chew gum

Oh yes, how can we forget this? But make sure you chew on sugar-free gum. The minty taste literally decreases your appetite (yes, just like brushing your teeth), and you won’t even realise how boredom eating will become a thing of the past. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

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