Does it usually happen to you that you eat just because of you are bored? You grab a box of chocolate or ice-cream, and you finish it in minutes.
I know a lot of people who eat just because they have nothing to do. They are not hungry at all just they need something to spend time with. What is the result? Extra pounds, just because of a bad habit!
The next time you are bored, and you want to get something to chew on, follow one of the tips below instead to avoid those extra pounds.
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1. Find a Creative Activity
Find something that you have to pay attention to for a long time and you enjoy doing. Read something but it is better if you use your hands. For example, sewing, drawing, painting, writing a diary are all great activities.
2. Don’t Make Excuses
Human being are are excellent at finding excuses, and it is particularly the case for eating. Once and for all get rid of your bad eating habits. If you want to lose or maintain your weight, you should not let yourself cheat. Before getting something, think about what you ate before, and remember that the energy it provided is going to be enough until the next meal.
3. Be with Your Pet
If you have a dog, take it for a walk or play with it. If you have no pets, then go outside, have a walk and enjoy the fresh air. On top of that, a half an hour walking does good for your health and even helps to burn some calories.
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4. Be Inspired
There are millions motivational quotes online. That can help you get over the feeling of eating something. Even better if you make a list of your favorite motivational quotes, and put it somewhere you can see it. I think, the best place is on the door of your fridge or cupboard. Or you can make a list of your favorite foods with how many calories they hold.
5. Call Your Friends
Talking with friends is one of the best ways to get rid of boredom, isn’t it? Time flies, and you even deepen your friendship.
6. Listen to Music
Play a few songs that you love, and believe me the feeling of eating something will go away. A good song can change your mood instantly. Play something quick and happy, and turn the volume up!
7. Do Belly Breathing
Most of us breathe from lung, but if you have a little bit of time, sit down comfortably with a straight back and breathe through your abdomen. Focus on your stomach as it gets bigger and smaller, and take breaths as deep as you can. It will help you not only to get rid of hunger but also a powerful meditation technique as well.
Here is how to do it.
8. Have Tea
People when they are bored usually feel themselves tired, and they have a cup of coffee. Instead of a cup of Joe, have a herb tea. Teas have a lot of benefits on health, and they even help to increase the fat burning processes in your body. Also, they have the same outcome as if you have a coffee. Maybe green tea is the winner.
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9. Do Some Housework
Cleaning the house is not the most enjoyable activity, but you can hit two birds with one stone. You can get rid of the feeling of munching something, and your home is going to be spotless. Plus, with hovering, ironing or working outside in the garden, you can burn a few hundred calories as well.
10. Have a Bath
In case, you really do not want to do anything; you can evade the kitchen by having a bath. Even better if you pour some exotic and sweet essential oils into the water.
Meditation is an excellent way to calm your nerves and to have more energy. You are going to feel relaxed and free. If you have not practiced meditation yet, there are great books and other sources you can buy to learn it.
12. Make List of Activities to Getting Rid of Dullness
To avoid boredom make a list of thinks to do instead of eating. List activities that you like doing, so the next time you want to eat, you just pick one to do instead. I have made mine, and it includes over 40 activities. That is why I’m never bored. 🙂
It is Your Turn
I’m sure you have found one of the tips above suitable for you. So, the next time you want to open the door of the fridge or the cupboard, remember there is something else you can do. Do not let those extra pounds come up because of such a stupid habit.
What do you do to keep yourself away from food? What do you usually eat when you are bored? Share your thoughts below. And do not forget to subscribe to our newsletter below to get practical weight loss tips regularly.
Why can I not help but eat when I’m feeling bored or down?
The main reason is that our brain associates food with the feeling of satisfaction. We have been trained for so long that food equals happiness. The brain when it is not stimulated, and you feel bored, it is searching for something that makes it happy again. And that is the point when you crave for caffeine, sugar, etc., things that will stimulate and reward the brain again. From the following video you can learn more about why we crave.