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Eat without diversions

Struggling to prevent those extra flab? Well, the secret of staying slim lies in concentrating on the food as you eat. Research suggests that freeing yourself from distractions and concentrating completely on the food in front of you, can help you stay in shape.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 19, 2011 00:54 IST

Struggling to prevent those extra flab? Well, the secret of staying slim lies in concentrating on the food as you eat. Research suggests that freeing yourself from distractions and concentrating completely on the food in front of you, can help you stay in shape.

Several studies, including some from the Harvard University, in the US, have found that dieters who focussed on their food rather than what was going on around them lost an average of 6.3 kg.

Mindful eating, named after the Buddhist principle of focusing on the present, has also been shown to help binge eaters get their splurges under control, with the number of binges cut from eight a fortnight to just three.

According to researchers, digestion involves a complex series of hormonal signals between the gut and the nervous system and it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to register that the body has eaten enough. This means if someone eats too quickly, the signals will lag behind, leading to over-eating.

Mind what you eat
A recent British study concludes that eating at your desk could make you fat. The study said that distractions make it harder for one to remember what they have eaten.

The reserach also says computer-gamers feel less full after eating as their attention is diverted.