In a city like Los Angeles where a new delicious smell lingers at the turn of any corner it is difficult to convince your mind to tell your stomach you are not hungry but reacting to the smell of Persian, Thai, or even worse fresh baking cookies from Didy Riese. Over eating, which studies have shown is the leading cause of weight gain, does not begin in the stomach, rather it starts in the mind. Most people overeat not because they are hungry, but because they think they need to eat when they are not hungry, and because of the large portion sizes we have become accustomed to as Americans. The solution may be as simple and as difficult as telling your mind that you are not hungry, but if you, like most people do not find telling yourself to stop is enough an effective alternative is to do something to take your mind off of your stomach.
As the second largest city in the country there are enough people and things to do to help take your mind off eating. Here are a few suggestions to start you off:
1. Drink a glass of water, wait 20 minutes then decide whether or not you were actually hungry
2. Call a friend you have not talked to in a while, but have been thinking about
3. Read two chapters in a book
4. Keep your hands busy by learning how to knit at The Knitter’s Studio in West Hollywood
5. Window shop
6. Take a walk on the Manhattan Beach
7. Hand wash your car
8. Find a friend and Play Frisbee at Griffith Park
9. Rent a bike from Venice Bike and Skates
10. Journal about your day
And if you are still hungry after then it is probably time to eat, but make sure you control the portion size.