How to Stop Overeating Once and For All

You drive and drink

If you find yourself whizzing through the drive-through for your favorite coffee drink or slurping down a green juice or smoothie behind the wheel, you may be guilty of drinking on autopilot. And because you’re not actively chewing something, it’s even easier to lose focus: “When I ask people what they ate that day, they don’t think about what they drank,” observes Laura Ligos, RD, creator of Coffee with cream and sugar, an Arnold Palmer, or a smoothie often gets left off the list—yet all can add up over time. Most mindless drinking happens in the car as a way to deal with boredom, traffic, or an overextended schedule, says Evelyn Tribole, RDN, co-author of Intuitive Eating. Plus, “if they didn’t make the beverage or look at the label, people don’t realize that the drink could be loaded with sugar,” adds Ligos.

Tune in: Getting into the driver’s seat? Default to a healthy zero- or low-calorie beverage, such as water, iced black coffee, or unsweetened tea. If you grab a meal-like option (that fancy frappé or protein shake), “wait and actually watch yourself drink it and recognize whether you’re full or not full yet,” says Ligos—even if that means pulling into a parking lot and taking two minutes to enjoy the first sips in the here and now.

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