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Analysis #4: What activities are you doing while you eat?
  • Watching TV, or your children play a team sport?
  • Working or playing on the computer?
  • Do you eat at the table, counter or sink, from the stovetop while cooking, in front of the refrigerator, while on the phone, while working from your desk, in the car?
  • Reading?
  • Balancing the checkbook, opening mail, or other multitasking?
  • Studying for tests or exams?
Sparkstep: Doing another activity while eating can be a problem for many. When you become engrossed in the other activity you may lose track of how much you are eating. Calories count whether you are standing, lying in bed, or in front of the sink. Try to make eating a deliberate event, focus on the taste and mouth-feel of each bite, and enjoy every morsel.

Analysis #5: How quickly (or slowly) do you eat your meals?
  • 1-10 minutes?
  • 11-20 minutes?
  • 21-30 minutes?
  • 31 or more minutes?
Sparkstep: It takes about 20 minutes between the time you eat and the time your brain gets the signal that you are full. If you eat very quickly, it is easy to overeat, especially if you are with slower eaters and you continue to nibble until they are finished. If you eat most of your meals in 20 minutes or less, this could be a problem for you. Try to slow down. Chew more slowly. Take a drink of water between bites. Put your fork or spoon down between bites.
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Member Comments

    this is a great article, full of useful and practical tips! thank you - 1/11/2015 3:36:32 PM
    A good look and perspective on making resolutions. I appreciated the information, especially the part where eating faster can lead to eating more. - 12/27/2014 4:02:27 PM
    That's my goal foot 2015, write everything down that goes into this mouth, great idea . - 12/17/2014 7:00:46 AM
    Wonderful piece and worth repeating annually -- BUT - someone should have proofed it as it mentions to have a good 2007!!!

    Great articles - even if duplicated! Keep them flowing!! - 12/25/2013 9:46:59 PM
  • This article has given me some good ideas to put into practice next year. - 12/24/2013 1:42:41 AM
  • So sad that it closed with Happy 2007. There are SO MANY articles that are just recirculated, and not new ones... The least you can do is update the year:( - 12/23/2013 11:56:45 AM
  • Thanks for all the helpful Sparksteps... I'm pleased with the weight loss I accomplished this year but there's more to do in the year ahead - 12/23/2013 11:54:50 AM
  • In 2012 my resolution was to lose weight and reach my goal weight. With the help of SP I reached that goal and then some. You can make the lose weight resolution but be prepared for set backs and other nasty things to get in the way. I do agree a great article I am going to print it out and keep it posted on the frig. I do allot of them but there's one I really need to work on. How many sweets in a day; maybe two but I would like to go to none. - 12/23/2013 9:17:39 AM
  • Great article. - 12/23/2013 8:26:17 AM
  • Great article - 12/23/2013 7:29:53 AM
    Very good oversight of steps that can be taken. The only thing I don't agree with is the food advice. Apart from that, very nice article, still valid in 2013! - 12/26/2012 7:43:11 AM
  • great article, no matter what year it is! - 8/28/2011 12:48:01 AM
  • Excellent points! I like the idea of analyzing everything to see the missing links. Just reading the article I can easily identify the specific areas I need to target and the areas that I am doing great with. Reducing processed food is an ongoing goal of mine as is reducing sweets. - 12/29/2009 6:57:44 AM
  • Loved the article. I don't drink enough water as I drink lots of tea (about half of it decaf.)
    Can't wait to make some new year's resolutions! - 12/29/2008 12:14:05 AM
  • Great article. - 9/6/2008 12:29:51 AM

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