How To Stop Snacking When Bored
How To Stop Snacking When Bored
This is a really common question and I’m sure everyone has asked this at some point: how do I stop eating when I’m bored?
Boredom eating happens to most of us! The problem with this is that a lot of the time the food we choose to eat is whatever is convenient and may be packed with sugar and fat.
If you are trying to stick to an eating plan like my HELP Guide, eating when bored can seriously derail your progress as you may be consuming more food than your body needs.
How to Stop Eating When Bored
If you want to know how to avoid snacking when bored, keep reading!
1. Watch your snack eating patterns
The first thing to do when you notice you’re snacking too often is to figure out when and why you’re eating. Is there a specific time of day where you usually indulge in an unhealthy snack, like a large packet of chips? Noticing a pattern can help you to figure out what causes that behaviour. You might find that it usually happens when you are bored or at the end of the day when you’re watching TV. Once you spot a pattern, you may recognise why you want to occupy yourself with a task like eating.
2. Identify your hunger levels
Once you’ve figured out when and why you’re eating, you can be proactive. Before you reach for an unhealthy snack or a second serving at dinner, ask yourself if you’re really hungry. Often, your mind can mistake dehydration for hunger. Have a glass of water and wait a few minutes. If you’re still hungry, reach for a healthy snack like this make-at-home trail mix. If you’re no longer hungry after a glass of water, it usually means you’re just bored.
3. Find something to occupy you
This could mean taking a walk or finding something else to keep you busy. I love being active so I might head to the gym or play with my dogs. If you tend to snack on foods when watching TV, find something to do with your hands — such as painting your nails, doing homework or drawing.
4. Avoid buying junk food
This can be really difficult because there are lots of reasons for craving junk food and then overeating it. One way of controlling this is to replace the junk food in your pantry with some healthy snack options. Yes, it will take some getting used to but it is SO worth it.
5. Avoid eating in your bedroom
Eat mindfully! Eating in bed or in front of the TV means you can easily go overboard without realising it.
By eating at the table, you focus on the food and it becomes easier to notice how much of it you’re putting into your body.
6. Eat regular snacks
Having a healthy snack between meal times can help keep you from overeating when you sit down to a meal. Without them, you’ll probably find you feel hungrier and then eat more for your main meals. It can also help you avoid boredom snacking when you’re bored because there is less chance that your tummy will be rumbling.
How to stop eating when bored: Summary
I hope these tips to stop eating when bored have helped! Remember, excessive eating has a lot to do with your mind. So if this is a habit you want to break, try finding a positive distraction instead of reaching for unhealthy snacks. It might take a little time to get used to but I know you can do it!
Love, Kayla xx
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.