Is boredom making you fat?
I heard a statistic the other day that shouldn’t have surprised me, but did.
It said that something like 65% of snacking, eating outside of breakfast, lunch and dinner, occurs while people are just lounging around watching TV.
At around about the same time, I read a post on our weight loss forum where a new member stated that their biggest problem, and the reason that they had been unsuccessful in losing weight in the past ten years, was boredom.
Boredom is certainly a first world problem and may be one of the reasons why the population in most first world countries are becoming increasingly obese.
There’s no doubt that food and drink is used by many as a distraction, and used to enhance entertainment, like watching TV, going to the movies, going to a show, going to a game, etc.
Boredom also stops many of us from reaching our goals, including our weight loss goals.
I’ve always wondered why a lot of people I come across in both my professional and personal life seem to have in common a tendency not to finish things.
Could this be partly, or even mostly, the result of boredom?
Getting back to the weight loss forum post I mentioned earlier, the member mentioned that every time they started a new eating plan or exercise program, they gave up before achieving their goals because they got bored.
Is boredom an issue for you?
Like this person, who decided to call themselves publicly on their excuses, could you benefit from recognising this as an issue and finally do something about it?
Because the other members on the forum had similar experiences and used similar excuses themselves, and in many instances have managed to overcome them, they had some wonderful advice and tough love to give this new member.
We particularly loved one of the reply posts from one of the more active members which we’ve included below.
This Forum is all about support, encouragement and accountability. The beauty about the people here is that we're all on the same page. We all know about the daily struggles, the excuses, the mind games and the like that each of us go through. You will find here practical help and understanding - and yes...a touch of "tough love" when needed!
If you think boredom may be making you fat, or keeping you that way, you can do something about it. For a start, you could check out the weight loss forum and see what others are doing.
Good luck on your weight loss journey and thanks for visiting weightloss.com.au.
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