How Mindless Eating Adds Up Over Time

Ah mindless eating.

One of the enemies of weight regain that I know all too well.

I’ve struggled with regain after WLS several times before. I’m sure I will always continue to struggle with it. A few times the regain was caught in the beginning when I had only put on 5 or 10 lbs. At one point I had continued on until I had regained 50 lbs. Each and every time one of my biggest issues was mindless eating. I refer to it as drive by snacking. It’s the type of eating or snacking you do when you just take “a few” pieces of something and eat it without much thought. It’s only a few pieces right? What could it possibly hurt? Usually it doesn’t do much unless you keep repeating it over and over again. For me this is when problems begin.

I know I’ve personally walked by a candy dish with M&M’s taking a small amount each time. A short time later half the dish is gone and there’s no one around eating them except for me! When one of my college classes required us to create an infographic, a visual representation of information or data, as one of the class assignments I used the theme of mindless eating. I wanted to show how mindlessly eating just a few extra calories each day, beyond what you need to maintain a stable weight, can quickly add up over time. I bet you’ll be surprised at how much you can gain by simply eating an extra handful of this or that.

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I know I’ve mindlessly snacked on all of these items and many more over the years. Any time I see the scale starting to move upwards and stay there I start to pay attention to what I’m eating and quite often discover I’ve been drive by snacking.

How about you? Have you ever noticed that this type of snacking is causing regain? If so what have you do to get it under control? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

One Response to How Mindless Eating Adds Up Over Time

  1. This is good information. I am trying to have better quality snack foods available for emergencies.
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