Food is everywhere: From the petrol station to the cinema and shopping centers, from the vending machine in your local gyms to the microwave chips in your freezer at home. Without a regular eating routine, it can be hard to resist temptation.
Grazing can lead to overeating: Without an eating routine, it’s easy to graze on whatever food you find. Many people keep picking at food without ever feeling satisfied.
Skipping meals can lead to overeating: Trying to eat less by skipping breakfast or lunch often backfires, and you end up eating more calories in snacks and dinner.
Getting over-hungry can lead to overeating: When you are really hungry, it is hard to make healthy choices. It’s also hard to eat slowly and to stop when you are satisfied.
Television can lead to overeating: TV advertisements and shows are full of food cues that make you want to eat whether you are hungry or not.
Routines help maintain a healthy weight: Establishing regular times and places to eat helps prevent overeating and helps you balance your eating with your activity level.
Routines help build healthy habits: Develop a routine of cutting up fruit after dinner for a naturally sweet dessert.
Routines help with planning and shopping: When you eat regular meals and snacks, it is easier to plan healthy choices and easier to make shopping lists.
Routines help save money: Buying food on impulse is usually more expensive. It’s much cheaper to plan ahead and have healthy choices around when you want to eat.
Children do better with a regular eating routine: Regular meals and snacks help children maintain the ability to eat when hungry and stop when satisfied.
Different routines work better for different people: Some people feel better with three meals and a snack; others prefer five smaller meals. Choose the best routine for you!
Choose wisely and plan ahead.