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Lose Weight – Shut off the tv!

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on November 14, 2008

You’re probably aware that watching too much tv is linked to weight gain. The weight gain is usually due to mindless snacking while watching tv. Well, scientists from the University of Birmingham in the UK found that those who eat while watching tv have increased food intake even after the tv is shut off!

The study followed 16 undergraduates who ate a 400 calorie lunch with either the tv on or off. Those who ate lunch while watching tv snacked on substantially more cookies throughout the day and had vague memories of meal time.

A small study, but gives you something to think about. According to this study if you remember the tv program you watched more than what you put in your mouth, you’re more likely to snack throughout the day. Is it time for you to shut off the tv?

All the best on your heart health and weight loss journey!
Lisa Nelson, RD


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Lose Weight by Slowing Down

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on November 4, 2008

Eating slowly will help you feel fuller and decrease the calories you eat each meal, all of which leads to shedding the unwanted pounds! It takes ~20 minutes for your head to tell your stomach it’s full, so aim for at least 20 minutes to eat each meal.

Those who eat quickly until they are full are three times more likely to be overweight (research published in the British Medical Journal).

If you’re use to eating at a frenzied pace, slowing down won’t feel natural. Small steps, such as setting down your utensil between bites, will help you slow down. You may find you now have a chance to actually taste and enjoy your meals!

All the best,
Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
Lose Weight the Healthy Way

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