Enhanced Calorie Intake Due to Distracted Eating

by Savitha C Muppala on March 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM
 Enhanced Calorie Intake Due to Distracted Eating

It seems pretty much a trend that people prefer to eat their food while watching TV, playing games or reading. Also called as distracted eating, it can cause people to consume more calories than needed.

Research has shown that distracted eating can result in consuming more, most often 50% more than what is usually consumed.


Researchers found that when people thought about what they ate in a meal, the tendency was to consume much less. Being attentive to what one has eaten is good to limit calorie intake and eat the right kinds of food.

Distracted eating, that is when people do not pay attention to what they are eating, can result in eating too much.

By choosing to remember food consumed at an earlier meal can result in reducing the quantity consumed in the subsequent meal by 10%.

Based on this research, authors are of the opinion that attentive eating techniques could be taught as a god weight loss technique and be made part of weight loss regimens instead of encouraging serious calorie counting.

Source: Medindia
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