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Eating at a table ‘helps keep weight down’

Eating around the table with friends or family members helps people to keep their weight down, according to the National Obesity Forum.

Dr David Haslam, chair of the forum, explained that this is because people engage in conversation, rather than just staring at a TV screen, and have less time to “stuff food” in their mouths.

Earlier in the year, a study presented at a conference in California suggested that serving up food in the kitchen rather than at the dining table also helps slimmers to shed excess weight.

Dr Haslam explained that there are a lot of reasons why people eat and hunger is just one of them.

He said that people sometimes eat because food looks nice, smells nice or simply because it is there, so he advised slimmers to hide treats so as to avoid this temptation.

“Keep the packet of biscuits somewhere else so you don’t see them and are not tempted to eat it; it makes a lot of sense doing that,” he said.

What tricks do you use to cut down your snacking habits?


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17 Jun
2010
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7 thoughts on “Eating at a table ‘helps keep weight down’”

  1. busymum says:

    We don’t get time every day to sit at the table together. I make sure my eldest two both eat at the table but then I don’t get to sit with them as I’m either at work or looking after my 1 year old.

  2. Ella says:

    I only ever seem to eat at the table when my husband is home from work, he works away 2 weeks at a time

  3. Hollie says:

    I never seem to have time to sit down at a table and have a set meal, always grab something quick and carry on for me

  4. Clarke says:

    I would if I could- I don’t have a table lol- the only trick I have is to drink lots of water- suppresses my appetite.

  5. Tally says:

    I drink lots of water 🙂

  6. Chloe says:

    I try and drink as much water as I can- this seems to stop me wanting to snack but the only problem is needing the loo alot more lol

  7. stress head says:

    sounds like a good tip, however trying to get my whole family together is a nightmare with my teenagers going in and out all day long. i have 5 kids and they hardly ever eat there meals without the tv and i dont know how to change that habit.

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