If You Munch Mindlessly...
Identify the cue—a mood or setting—that makes you eat robotically, writes neuroscientist Darya Pino Rose, PhD, in her diet guide, Foodist
. Then, "take a different action whenever you encounter the cue." For instance, if you usually eat in front of the TV, go ahead—but try using your non-dominant hand this time
(moviegoers who did so ate 30 percent less stale popcorn in a study at the University of Southern California). A mindfulness technique, this helps you slow down and actually pay attention to what you're eating. Another option: Predict when or where you'll be in auto-feed mode and eat something healthful (like frozen grapes).