While the act of watching television obviously doesn’t make you gain weight, the real story here is that the more you are exposed to food, the more you think about food. And the more you think about food, the more likely you will feel hungry and eat more.
There’s nothing ground-breaking about that.
But what we’re talking about here is the needless temptations that people put themselves through.
For example, you’ve just had a meal, and you’re feeling quite full. You turn on the TV and there’s a cookery show on. As you watch it, you notice that the chef is making a fabulous looking chocolate cake. Your mouth starts to water. You can’t stop thinking about chocolate cake. Now you have to have some.
If you hadn’t watched the show, the thought may not have crossed your mind.
Now, I’m not for a minute saying don’t watch food shows. But just be aware of how these things can affect your actions. It’s no different to walking past the vending machine at work, a bakery or a co-workers table stacked with goodies.
Each of these is a reminder to think about food, when you may not have even had it on your mind. If you didn’t have it on your mind, and these have triggered feelings of hunger and desire for food, then if you give into these feelings you have needlessly taken in extra calories.
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