The couch, or the sofa, the lazyboy; whatever you want to call it; is the route of all evil as far as healthy eating and weight loss is concerned.
Here are some reasons behind this harsh analysis of mine:
1. We consume junk foods, ‘mindlessly’, without any gratitude or appreciation.
If you are watching TV at the same time, it won’t even ‘register’ that you are eating. I have a theory that this ‘eating on the couch watching poo TV’ is the primary cause of obesity in developed countries. Stop it!
2. It’s bad for your health because the lymphatic system requires movement to work.
If you’re sat down all day in an office, the last thing you should be doing is slouching down at night. See this article for some more information, and while you’re at it, this one too. It’s also terrible for your posture, mainly due to the rounding of the shoulders and tight hip flexors. Make sure you stretch your chest and hip flexors if you sit down all day, skipping or trampolining is said to be the best way to ‘aid’ the lymphatic system.
3. The softness of the furniture, means that the surfaces we sit on, don’t get rid of any tension that’s built up during the day.
Think about it – a massage is basically someone adding pressure to parts of your body. If you are sat on a soft chair, soft couch and sleep in a soft bed with a soft mattress, this tension will keep building up.
Why does our default action at the end of the day – have to be to sit down and watch rubbish TV?
If you’ve been sat in an office all day, wouldn’t you be happier moving around, doing a bit of yoga, or using a foam roller? If you think “no”, that’s likely because you’re scared of looking stupid or don’t like going out of your comfort zone.
Sofas make us weak and fat. Whenever you eat, give gratitude to your food and turn off the TV. I also believe that watching rubbish TV, sat on the sofa, is the world’s most depressing activity. Go for a walk, or go to a class (or rent a decent film/movie).
Try and move when you get home, especially if you sit down all day in the office.
Around 80% of the world’s population don’t have furniture (I think, I heard this on a podcast a while ago, so please don’t quote this). If you want to lose weight, take a sledge hammer to the sofa.
If you don’t fancy being sofa-less, make sure you eat all meals in the dining room and have a raw-food-sofa policy, where the only food you are allowed to consume is healthy and unprocessed.
I have another issue with sofas – I was never allowed to have any fun or play, on, or anywhere near the living-room-couch. My mum still boasts about who it is 30 years old. Child-proof it (to a certain extent) with loose covers, rather than making the “Living” Room, a completely fun-free zone.