Does Distraction Lead To Weight Gain?

Consider the concept “distraction” in the context of “now” vs. “years ago”. When driving to work, years ago you could put the radio on and listen to either an AM or FM radio station. Now, a person can also listen to Pandora, satellite radio, talk through the blue tooth on your cell phone and/or send text messages. Let’s change the scenario to a restaurant. Years ago, people would eat and talk to each other. Now, frequently you will see everyone at that table individually on their cell phones.

There is no doubt that the “distraction” factor is much higher now than years ago. Do you think it is a coincidence that the obesity rate is much higher now than years ago? In my opinion, this is no coincidence at all and here is why:

Successful long-term weight control requires focus and concentration on your efforts. You need to be cognizant/count portions, plan for meals/snacks, shop for the appropriate foods and not be distracted by bunches of other things. There are far too many “distractions” present in today’s environment, all of which may play a role in dooming your efforts.

“Distraction” has a negative impact on your weight control. Examine your own life and see what distractions can be minimized or eliminated.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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