How to Prevent Overeating When You’re Working From Home

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A nutritionist suggests 5 healthy work-from-home eating tips.

Working from home is one of the most important ways to help flatten the curve and get the coronavirus pandemic under control. But being out of your usual routine, having constant access to food, and being this stressed out can lead to some serious overindulging. If your eating has been a bit erratic, here are five strategies to help create some balance and consistency.

Develop a set eating schedule

In addition to preventing mindless eating, settling into a consistent routine will help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, hunger hormones, mental and physical energy, digestive health, and even your sleep cycle. Try to eat breakfast within about an hour of waking up, and aim for either three meals a day, or three meals and one snack, spaced about four to five hours apart.

For example, aim for breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at noon, a snack at 4 p.m., and dinner at 8 p.m., or breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., and dinner at 6 p.m. Just try not to let over five hours go by without eating, and set your cell phone alarm as a reminder, at least until you settle into the routine. Without a schedule, you’re more likely to eat mindlessly throughout the day, or wait too long—and then rebound overeat.

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