Is it teething time for your little one?

Let’s face it, we’ve all done it.

We’ve snacked and we’ve binged and it’s probably because we’ve been bored.

The TV was dull, the laundry definitely wasn’t appealing, so what did we do? We headed to the fridge for a little chomp- fest!

Nothing too wrong with that, but if you’re trying to shed the pounds then putting a stop to boredom eating should be high on your list of priorities and here’s exactly how to do it.

1. Identify your emotions.

Are you actually hungry or are you stressed, bored and looking for a distraction? Give yourself ten minutes, drink a glass of water and consider whether that plate of toast is really necessary.You'll be surprised how often you find your supposed 'hunger' is nothing more than boredom.

2. Keep a food diary

Identifying the times of the day when you’re likely to snack will help you quit the habit. If you find yourself reaching for a chocolate bar at 2pm most days, then either swap it for a healthier alternative or be sure to keep busy during this time.

3. Take a seat

Force yourself to sit down every time you find yourself eating. If you’re snacking as you get to grips with the ironing or munching while sending emails, then you’re not concentrating on the sheer amount of food you may be unnecessarily consuming.

4. Remove snacks from view

Keep the biscuit tin in the cupboard instead of the kitchen counter or remove the bowl of sweets from the coffee table because, as they say, out of sight is out of mind. If something is easily accessible, you’ll discover you're more likely to reach for it and eat it without even realising.

5. Distract yourself!

If you find yourself shuffling towards the kitchen because you're looking for something to do, make a quick detour and preoccupy yourself with something else. Paint your nails, go for a stroll around the block or, if all else fails, organise your sock drawer.

Keeping on top of this habit is key if you're determined to shed the pounds, so remember these tips the next time you find yourself tempted by the kitchen cupboards.

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