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Lose the Guilt - Lose the Weight

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hey Everyone,

I know, I know, I know. I've said over and over in my blogs not to watch your weight, but to concentrate on things you can really control. Well, I just put that in the title to get your attention. What I actually want to talk about today it the "G"-word. That's right G-U-I-L-T, GUIILT.

I was on-line this morning and came across an article by Lorie Parch entitled "The Secrets of Thin People."(Link posted here:

One of her "secrets" was "thin people enjoy their food." Under that secret she goes on to explain, thin people enjoy their food more than overweight people because they eat without self-reproach. In other words thin people eat without a side-helping of guilt. Thin people eat without caring what other people think about them and what's on their plate.

I thought to myself (as a light bulb went on over my head) how true is that! How many times have you sat down to the table at work and noticed other people looking to see what you are eating? How many times have you been at a family gathering and noticed other people looking to see how much you have on your plate? What was the expression on their face? How did that "look" make you feel?

Guilt, shame, self-loathing, are all stressers that release hormones called nuero-chemicals into the bloodstream. According to an article published in Psychology Today, these hormones alter normal blood chemistry and block receptors in the brain that both trigger appetite and suppress it. Researchers are trying to figure out how these complex chemicals affect the brain and interact with blood sugar levels and insulin levels in the body. If you want to read the article for yourself here is the link.
-passions I've read it three times and I only understand about half of it.

In any respect, it is plain to see, if we remove our guilt from our plates, we may eat less and make better choices about the foods we eat. I believe it goes back to developing good eating habits.

1. Choosing the right foods. Eat food with bulk (fruits and vegetables)
2. Measuring portions/using portion control
3. Drinking plenty of water before and while we eat

So, go ahead and eat without that extra helping of GUILT. But eat SMART and stay with the program.

Until next time, Have a Guilt-free day and JUICE to you!

Jonny Mac

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    Great blog! There is definitely something to be said about how we feel when we eat.
    1665 days ago
    I recently read a book that says the same thing. Thin people also eat everything. There is no forbiden food. The trick is how often they go for the lush stuff.

    I never notice if others look at my plate. Lucky for me I don't mind what others think too much. I think it's the engineer brain that keeps me less focused on others. However, it is a good obeservation as I can relate this information to others that are less 'me' centered.
    1669 days ago
    I agree! Every thin person I know loves their food. They just take 2 bites and quit! ;p
    1669 days ago
    I agree that guilt is counter-productive to getting to a healthy weight because of how it affects hormones. But the major factor that will affect insulin is the level of carbohydrates one eats, so cutting down on those I would consider much more important than portion control. If you lower your carbs enough you won't need to count calories because you won't be hungry or tempted to overeat in the first place because there are no ups and downs in your blood sugar levels.
    1670 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2013 12:49:14 PM
    I agree, choosing the right foods and portion control make all the difference. I think that eating slowly makes a huge difference as well.
    1670 days ago
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