If you’re trying to lose weight, then it’s imperative that you stop eating while distracted.
This means no Netflix while eating.
It’s hard. Really hard, I know. But this is essential for success on your weight loss journey.
Because when we find something to plug ourselves into when we eat, we disconnect from our bodies, and it leads to overeating.
You don’t want disconnection. That’s how you perpetuate compulsive eating.
Instead, you need reconnection.
You need to be listening very carefully to your body while you’re eating so that you can follow the Eating Guidelines and stop when you’re full.
You can’t recognize fullness when you’re watching Netflix. At least not right when it happens. And catching it right when it happens is crucial for weight loss success.
When you eat, only eat. Treat mealtime like mindfulness time.
Stop abandoning yourself by paying attention to something else – anything else – other than what’s in front of you. Including your food.
You need to reconnect. You need self-care. And paying attention to yourself while you eat IS self-care.
If you’re a compulsive eater like I was, then I know how comforting Netflix + food can be. It’s refuge. It’s delicious. It’s comfortable. It’s safe.
Sitting down to Netflix + food means you finally made it to the safe part of your day, so you need to take full advantage of it by doing all the comfy stuff all at once.
This means watching your favorite show and overeating.
This habit needs to break.
And it’s a hard one to break, I know. But it’s so important for your weight loss journey!
You cannot sit down to eat and detach from your body and eat until your plate is gone and still lose weight. That’s simply not how it works.
When you eat, just eat.
Spend that time paying attention to your body and the deliciousness of your food, and maybe even discomfort if it bubbles up.
Be there for all of it.
You cannot go through life picking and choosing what you want to feel. That is how we end up overweight forever.
Because when we aren’t able to feel all our feelings – especially the bad ones – then we’re screwed about half the time. And we’re triggered to overeat half the time.
Getting in touch with yourself and your feelings is how you lose weight.
And not watching Netflix while you eat is a huge piece of the puzzle.
I stopped Netflix + food-ing over a year ago. I have tons of faith that every single person can do it, too. Including you.