How to not overeat when staying home

Story: Antara Bose

Probably one of the biggest struggles of staying home is resisting the urge to eat. Some claim it’s worse than the issue of holiday weight gain (at least that was just one week). Let’s be honest, we’re all secretly worried we’ll walk out a few kilos heavier by the end of this pandemic. Don’t want to be that person? Follow these 6 simple tips to make sure you keep those calories at bay.

1) Eat mindfully – Make it a point to not eat and work simultaneously. It leads to unmindful eating, which is the opposite of what we should be intending. When we eat unmindfully, we often tend to overeat because we aren’t really focusing on the process. So even if you want to eat something that is unhealthy every once in a while, make sure you sit down at the table and thoroughly enjoy your guilty pleasure. Keep distractions away (that also means no browsing on the phone). This way, you’ll get to truly satiate your craving. Besides, the thought of having to stop work or watching TV is going to discourage you from munching on random food items.

2) Swap boredom with something productive – Whenever you’re bored, resist the urge to walk straight to the kitchen. Eating doesn’t cure boredom, and honestly, neither does the process of eating last very long. Make a to-do list of things that need to be done around the house. Every time boredom sets in, swap eating with one of these things. Do this and you’ll be swapping ‘calories added’ with ‘calories burnt’. Not to mention, imagine the number of chores that’ll get done in the process.

3) Cook your own food – With the entire family at home, it’s easier to demand a sandwich at any point during the day. Do yourself and others around a favour by preparing your own snacks. You’ll feel less drawn to the idea of a sandwich if you have to make it yourself every time. Interested in having a plate of pasta now?  

4) Stack healthy snacks – Yes, we get the fear of running outof food (even if every grocery store and supermarket is stillwell-stocked).But if you want to hoard food items, swap unhealthy fried items, chips, and chocolates, with fresh vegetables, fruits, and even nuts. You can’t binge on chicken nuggets if you don’t have them in the first place.

5) Wait it out – If you’re hungry, or you think you’re hungry, give it a few minutes. If it was a craving, it would pass. Resist the urge to raid the refrigerator the second you feel the slightest rumble in your stomach.

6) Drink loads of water – The best way to reduce the desire to constantly munch on something is by drinking loads of water. It’ll keep your stomach full, flush out toxins, and even make your skin look healthier. You can also add a dash of lemon, rose water, or apple cider vinegar for some flavour.