Many of us know that eating in front of the TV is a bad habit that contributes to weight gain. But eating at your desk can also cause you to consume more than what your body needs.
“When you eat lunch or a snack at your desk, you are distracted and not able to recognize your body’s cues when it is trying to tell you it is full,” says Debbie Schumer, MA, RD, LD, clinical nutrition manager at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Try stepping away from your desk when you want to eat a snack or lunch. “Research shows that a change in activity makes us more productive at work,” says Schumer. “Taking a break recharges you and helps you savor the food you are eating. There has been a big push for mindful eating; savoring every bite means you are less likely to overeat, as you are focusing on the food and not on your computer or other distractions.”
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