3 Ways to Put an End to Mindless Eating
Switch It Up
"Spend a week eating with your nondominant hand. It'll feel awkward, but that means your mind is engaged, so you're more aware of what you're putting in your body."
—Susan Albers, PsyD, psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of Eating Mindfully
Take the Tofu Test
"As you grab a snack, ask yourself: Would I be hungry enough to eat this if it were a block of raw tofu? If the answer is no, you're probably just eating out of boredom. Go for a walk instead!"
—Kelly McGonigal, PhD, psychologist at Stanford University
"Seal an ice cream carton with rubber bands, or staple the bag of potato chips shut. You'll be less likely to indulge when it requires work."
—Deborah Beck Busis, diet program coordinator for the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Next: A smart (and easy!) way to curb emotional eating
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.