Visual Cues

Visual Cues


The chocolates above have been put on my desk(not by me) and I have had 3 already without thinking. When food is in plain sight, you are so much more likely to eat it, it’s human nature. It doesn’t even matter if you are hungry or not.

Not that I think chocolates are bad for you at all (in context), but mindless snacking is a sure way to disrupt any fat loss goals.

It can quite easily cause you to overeat. You consume more calories than you expend so you end up gaining weight. Or, if you are already overweight, you eat enough calories to match your calories burned so that your desired weight loss stalls.

It happens all of the time, to ALL of us. Anything that takes our focus off the food makes us more likely to overeat. We eat and drink more calories from containers that are larger. We eat more in front of the TV, while reading, sitting at our desks, and snacking in the movies. This happens because we are eating in a mindless way. These small nibbles (chocolates, nuts etc) that you pop in your mouth subconsciously usually happens without any real hunger. However, this involuntary act is only possible when there is food present to begin with.

Marketing people are clearly fully clued in to this fact too. They are fully aware of the correlation of adverts containing appealing tasty junk food on tired, highly stressed people late in the evening. Next time you see adverts coming on, go for a pee, or perform those exercises/stretches that you keep saying you don’t have time to do.

The point is that maybe it’s not your fault, it’s not 100% down to willpower or ‘weakness’. No willpower would be required if these cues weren’t placed right in front of you in the first place.

So for now, the chocolates that are left are going back into the closed cupboard.

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