Banish Boredom Binges

Next time you find yourself chowing down, ask yourself if you are eating because you're hungry or if you're eating because you're bored. We've all been there-eating something because it was in front of us and not necessarily because we were hungry. You don't have to tell me how hard those cookies your co-worker bakes are to pass on. But the calories from eating when you're not hungry or when you're just plain bored add up.

Cutting those extra calories can be the key to maintaining your weight. But we all know that's easier said than done. So take note of these common cues from The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that may trigger “mindless” eating:

• Seeing your favorite snacks in the pantry or cabinet.
• Watching TV.
• Sitting near a vending machine at work.
• Having a stressful meeting.
• Feeling tired or bored, and looking for food as a "pick-me-up."
• Having no plan for making dinner when you get home from work.
• Going through a drive-thru food or coffee line each day.

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