Sometimes, it can be the smallest habits that make the biggest difference. If you’ve been noticing that you’re packing on pounds lately, it could be your mealtime habits that are causing the problem. The following is a list of the top habits that could make you gain weight if you’re not paying attention, and they all happen to be habits that revolve around lunch.
- You’re doing stressful work before lunch.
Studies show that many people stress eat because they want to feel comforted when they’re feeling bad, and eating can surely be comforting. This is especially true for junk foods. If you schedule stressful meetings or difficult issues to handle right before much lunch, however, you’ll be much more likely to stress eat or overeat at lunch. Try to handle the hard stuff after you make good decisions at lunch.
- You’re not eating enough at lunch.
Most people think that if they want to lose weight, they have to stop eating or limit their eating. This is somewhat true, but you have to nourish yourself somehow, and not eating anything at lunch is only going to make you starving by the time 5pm rolls around, and this will almost certainly cause you to lose your gumption for dinner and scarf down whatever you can find.
- You’re watching videos on your phone or computer while you eat.
Studies show that when you watch TV or work at the computer while you eat, you tend to eat more because your mind is preoccupied. Instead of watching something, hang out with friends or even talk on the phone if you don’t have any friendly co-workers.
- You don’t move at lunch.
If you’re not moving at your desk all day and you’re also not moving at lunch, when are you go going to move? Even if you go to the gym after work, this is not enough movement for your whole day. It’s a better idea to take a quick walk at lunch or to at least walk to get your food so that you get a little bit of exercise.