It’s easy to get carried away at Christmas and eat far more than you usually would, leaving you feeling physically sick, uncomfortable and possibly guilty.

In his great book Mindless Eating, Brian Wansink carries out lots of experiments to see what factors cause us to overeat and what strategies we can put in place to reduce the quantities of food and drink we consume.

Try some of these tips this Christmas:

  • Keep a visual reminder of what you have eaten e.g. keep sweet wrappers in full view rather than throwing them away after each sweet. You can then see just how many you have eaten
  • Use a smaller wine glass – you will drink less. Many of us will consume whatever portion size we are given, regardless of how hungry/thirsty we are
  • Don’t eat in front of the TV – this really is mindless eating as you are oblivious to how much you are eating

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