Turn off TV at mealtimes to help shed the kilos
Not having lunch at your desk and switching off the TV while eating could be the key to losing weight, research suggests.
A new study on the effects of mindful eating - which includes concentrating on each mouthful - found that those who ate this way lost far more weight than other slimmers. Experts from the University of North Carolina analysed data from 80 people who said they were ready to lose weight.
They were split into two groups, with the first encouraged to follow mindful eating, such as paying attention to hunger and feelings of fullness, planning meals and snacks, savouring tastes and keeping away from distractions. They followed this plan for 15 weeks and were encouraged to exercise.
The second group was given no intervention and acted as a control group.
Neither group was told to count calories or follow a restricted diet.
The results showed that, after 15 weeks, those in the mindful group had lost 1.9kg (4lb) compared with 0.3kg (0.6lb) for participants in the control group.
Professor Hermann Toplak, president of European Society of Obesity, encouraged people to reduce their stress levels before eating.
He said: "You have to reduce your stress levels - walk or do something restful - then you will eat differently."