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Saturday 20 September 2014

Don't be tempted by 'toxic treats'

Published 25/01/2013 | 06:00

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Portion big bags of crisps into airtight containers

How is WeightWatchers helping its members to engage in mindful eating and survive the "toxic" environment for dieters? Here are some tips:

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At home

Wrap treats individually in foil or portion big bags of crisps into airtight containers. This stops you from having open packets on display.

Studies have shown that people eat fewer biscuits from a packet when there are separator pieces of paper every three to four biscuits.

Shopping

Plan all meals for the family for the whole week and write it all down. Buy only what's on that list.

Workplace

We consume 30pc more calories when we eat with others and are more prone to temptation, so come to the office prepared. Take cut-up fruit to meetings to avoid diving into the biscuits.

Eating out

Do your research and read the menu beforehand by looking at a restaurant's website – concentrate on healthy choices and make your decision without the pressure of a waitress standing over you.

In other people's houses, if you are worried about going back for seconds, take your plate to the kitchen and leave it there.

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