For many of us in the morning, once we’ve injected some coffee into our veins we try to learn about what is happening in the world. Of course, you can just skim the headlines on your phone but some of us still like to turn on the news, whether it be cable or The Today Show or Good Morning America, and just listen to all the very exciting (and scary) things happening in our world right now. But according to experts, this may not be the best move for your health.
So you are drinking your coffee and eating your breakfast and then you turn on the news. Sounds like a good plan? Wrong. See when you eat a meal your brain is processing which is how you are able to taste and also alert you to when you have been satisfied by the food enough to stop eating.
The problem is if you are watching TV, you are distracting your brain. This can lead to overeating at your very first meal of the day because you aren’t allowing your brain to alert you that you are satiated.
“Being focused on the TV takes away the mindfulness of eating and the appreciation of the flavors and textures of the foods you’re putting in your mouth, as well as the size of the portions that you’re eating,” The Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure told Eat This, Not That.
Watching television during a meal can also change your metabolic rate. A recent study that looked at 15 obese children and 16 normal-weight children (ages 8 to 12 years) found that the metabolic rate of the subjects during television viewing was significantly lower than when they were resting. Keep that in mind for lunch and dinner as well.