7 Foolproof Ways to Prevent you from Eating when you're Bored

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 10, 2015

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One of the reasons you could be eating more than you should may be boredom. People tend to overeat just because they're either bored or have nothing to do. Here is how you can keep yourself busy so that you don't end up overeating.
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    Overeating Trigger:I'm Bored

    Do you often find yourself disinterested in whatever's airing on the TV and thus, reach out for a pack of munchies? Yes, one of the reasons you could be eating more than you should is boredom. People tend to overeat just because they're either bored or have nothing to do. Here is how you can keep yourself busy so that you don't end up overeating.

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    Pump Some Iron

    One excellent and healthful way to distract your body is to do physical activity. Instead of grabbing something to eat, lift the dumbbells, go for a walk or run on a treadmill. Physical activity can also provide the motivation to avoid unnecessary eating. Cardiovascular exercises can help to suppress appetite.

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    A Cup of Tea

    If you have to have something, you can turn to certain healthy foods to stay full by eating fewer calories. Make yourself a cup of green or black tea to avoid eating when you're bored. It fills your stomach and suppresses appetite to decrease hunger.

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    Take a Shower or Bath

    When you are bored, take a shower! It is one of the healthiest ways you can kick a bad mood. So, treat yourself to a hot shower. Some time spent under the water can render many benefits such as skin cleansing and relieving muscular aches.

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    Drink Water

    There is no better appetite suppressant than water. Make it a refreshing treat by squeezing in it half of a lemon. Moreover, it helps you stay hydrated. Drink an extra glass or two of water to tame your appetite.

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    Take a Nap

    A short nap that lasts as little as 30 minutes can eliminate hunger cravings. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that getting enough sleep prevents ghrelin levels from increasing. Ghrelin is the hormone that increases hunger by stimulating neurons in the brain, and sends across hunger signals.

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    Call a Friend

    You have to distract yourself from eating when you're bored. Call a friend to turn the brain’s focus from eating. A 10-minute chit-chat with a friend will take your mind off a snack that you previously had an eye on.

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    Brain Games

    Solving a crossword puzzle or Sudoku can keep you busy. These games will ensure that you remain busy and keep away those snacks. You can also play video games with friends or children to keep you from eating when you're bored.

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