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6 Science-Backed Ways to Stop Overeating During the Holidays

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Useful Science is a nonprofit run by 65 grad students and professionals. The author of this post is Greg Traversy from the University of Ottawa. The most recent Useful Science post was about improving your life. Email them at hello@usefulscience.org.

Are there factors outside of our body – in the environment, for example – that influence how much we eat at a given meal? The short answer is yes, and they can make us eat more regardless of our feelings of hunger. Here is a list, with the science to back it up, of environmental factors that can cause us to eat more than we normally would.

And for each bit of science, we’ve provided a tip to help you counteract the science and avoid the overeating temptation especially during the upcoming holidays. So let’s go…

 

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Data Export added to Fitbit Premium

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Have you ever wanted to get your hands on your Fitbit raw data?  Create your own fancy charts in Excel?  Keep a copy on your hard drive, just for safe keeping?  Or maybe print out your sleep numbers and hang them on the fridge?

Well, we just added Data Export to Fitbit Premium.  With Data Export you can download Body, Food, Activity and Sleep Data.  All the information you download is daily summary data (ie. total steps for a day, not steps per minute or hour.)

Here is what you get!

  • Body Data includes your Daily Weight, BMI and Fat.
  • Food Data includes your Daily Calorie Count.
  • Activity Data includes Calories Burned, Steps, Distance, Minutes Sedentary, Minutes Lightly Active, Minutes Fairly Active, Minutes Very Active, Activity Calories and Active Score.
  • Sleep Data includes Minutes asleep, Minutes Awake, Number of Awakenings and Time in Bed.
Getting your hands on the data opens up a whole new world of analysis and insight.  Find something interesting or a new way to look at Fitbit data?  Share it with the Fitbit Community.  Happy data explorations!