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Eating on the Run Adds Calories

Eating on the Run Adds Calories

When you see a photo of Gisele Bündchen gobbling a slice of pizza before hitting the catwalk or Will Smith spooning lunch into his mouth as he walks down the street, they seem like regular folks doing what you do…eating not-so-good-for-you snacks on the run.

Surveys show most of you grab’n’go three or more times a day, often instead of having a nutritious meal. Around 19 percent of North American’s total food intake comes via dashboard dining and we bet that just as often you’re munching a snack as you run around the office, at home or outside.

Well, put down that snack-on-the-run! A UK study found women who grabbed a snack while walking, later ate five times as much chocolate as women who ate a snack while watching TV. (And eating in front of the TV has already been shown to trigger excess eating at your next meal.)

So why does eating while you’re running around stimulate hunger? Seems satiety and satisfaction come from a combo of calories and food memory, and you don’t make tasty memories when you’re preoccupied with walking and not concentrating on what you’re munching. We say choose mindful eating.

Mindful eating is recognizing when you’re hungry – and when you’re not. And when you do eat, whether you’re brown-bagging it or having a sit-down family dinner, give each bite your full attention. Experts say this simple act may reduce the amount of food you eat by one-third. So say OM before you say Yum!

Medically reviewed in October 2019.

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