Are you serious about wanting to lose weight? Then turn off your TV!
All the research confirms that people who watch a lot of TV are more likely to be overweight than people who don’t. The less TV you watch, the skinnier you are. It’s really as simple as that.
Did you know that for every two hours spent watching television, your risk for being overweight increases by 23 percent and your risk for diabetes increases by 14 percent? How much time do you spend watching TV?
According to Elizabeth Somer, in 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman’s Diet , TV watching slows our metabolism more than any other activity except sleeping. It also exposes us to way too many junk-food commercials that can lead to snacking and binge eating. Have you ever stopped to count the number of food commercials appearing during an hour of television? It’s mind boggling.
More than 90% of us report watching TV when eating meals at home, which is really dangerous, because anything that takes our focus off the food makes us more likely to overeat without knowing it. When you think about it, TV is a triple eating threat. First, it leads you to eat. Then it leads you to not pay attention to how much you eat because you are too busy tuning into the show and then it causes you to eat for too long. The longer you watch TV while eating, the more you are going to eat. I guarantee it.
University of Massachusetts researchers found that people who watched TV during a meal consumed 288 more calories on average than those who didn’t. People who cut their TV time in half consume 100 fewer calories a day, on average. That’s a pound every 35 days, just for watching less TV!
I used to be one of those people who regularly ate in front of the TV while watching my favorite shows, many of them on The Food Network. (What was I thinking?) Watching less TV to lose weight seemed like such an easy, doable thing to try. So for the past several years I have worked to wean myself from it and have become a big believer in the power of turning it off for weight loss success.
Now it’s a rare exception to eat in front of the TV and we watch way less of it too. Days go by where we don’t ever turn it on. And when we do, we tend watch DVDs or recorded shows that let us skip right over all those tempting food commercials.
I believe that watching less TV is directly related to my being able to maintain my goal weight for so long this time.
So if you are serious about losing weight, I encourage you to hit the “off” button on your TV remote and see what happens. I think you’ll be glad you did!