Want to reduce belly fat? Think about your cheeks!
May 3, 2019
Is belly fat something you are trying to reduce or avoid? Not to be cheeky about it, but when you are putting food in your cheeks (aka eating), where are your other cheeks? You know the ones I am talking about: your bum, backside, or the many other descriptive terms for the part of your anatomy you sit on.
Where your lower cheeks are when you eat definitely can affect your waistline
Do you eat or snack sitting on your comfy couch or chair in front of your television while watching your favorite show on TV? Or binge-watching something on Netflix or Amazon Prime? Or surfing Facebook, YouTube or similar sites? You may be setting up an unconscious association between filling your cheeks and sitting in your current location.
Maybe you’re not relaxing…
Sometimes the eating habits that lead to battles with belly fat don’t happen when you are relaxing in your living room. They happen when you’re sitting at your desk at home or work.
If you are prone to quick eating, stress eating, boredom eating, reward eating, or eating when you are tired this is setting up another pattern that can lead to your waist or belly being larger than you want them to be. Plus when you eat at your desk, chances are you eat in a way that cheats you out of the full flavor of the food you are eating while still giving you all of the calories.
It’s not just sitting to think about
Now think about how often you are putting something in your mouth when you are standing up. Are you apt to pop something into your mouth when you’re in the kitchen? Or passing through the breakroom at work? Or when a colleague has that darned candy dish (or snack stash) in or on their desk? You may be a “walk by grazer”– many of us are.
Or are you an “opportunistic cabinet raider” so that you find yourself opening a cabinet or the refrigerator when you’re in the kitchen?
Sometimes we’re also “quality control samplers” when we’re making a meal. It’s amazing how tasting something “to be sure it’s done” or “to adjust the seasoning” results in extra calories even before we sit down to eat a full-sized portion of the meal we’ve been making.
So here’s a tip to help you:
When you put something in your upper cheeks, think about where your lower cheeks are!
One of the reasons why my coach approach works is that when you work with me, we explore and discuss far more than just what you are eating. We look at habits, skills, and triggers to see which ones you may want to think about changing and which ones you want to keep. I also help you learn how to avoid biology vs willpower contests in which willpower usually loses!
So set up an appointment or a discovery call and let’s find a way to help you set up habits that work with your eating plan instead of against it!
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