This Common Eating Habit May Be Why You’ve Gained Weight

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Most of us are guilty of it. We have too much going on at work or school so we scarf down a quick lunch to get right back to work. Or even worse, we continue doing work while we eat. This form of eating “on the go” could be causing you to pack on a couple unwanted pounds, according to the Journal of Health Psychology.

This may be as bad as eating at a fast food restaurant.

The lack of attention we pay while eating may cause us to eat more that we notice. Your mind may not be fully aware of how much you are eating or consider the food to be a part of your daily consumption because you are preoccupied with other things. In turn, you will be more likely to overeat later in the day.

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“But I need that extra 15 minutes”

Everyone falls into the trap of walking while eating or munching on food while sitting in front of a TV or computer. I know I’ve done it myself, eating on the go and because I needed that extra time later in the day. In fact, I did it today after a meeting and on my way to class.

But that extra 15 minutes to sit down and eat a meal with no distraction is necessary!

Your body need to be properly refueled. You may not notice it, but distracting yourself during your meal makes you unaware of your eating habits and that diet you’ve been working so hard on could be ruined. It’s also essential to give your mind and body a break from the mental and physical stress of the day.

So next time your rushing around all day, remember that your own well-being is more important than anything else and give yourself the time you deserve to unwind and refuel before tackling the rest of the day!