Diets, medications, and surgeries all promise permanent weight loss. But the truth is even surgery isnít a guarantee those unhealthy pounds will stay away. WHAT WILL? Changing your mind and attitude. The latest weight research shows that just being conscious of what weíre eating will not only lead to smaller portions at meals but less stress snacking in between and a greater enjoyment of life in general. Itís certainly worth a try!
HERE ARE 8 SUGGESTIONS BELOW:
MAKE EVERY MOUTHFUL COUNT When youíre eating think about the flavor, texture, even the sound of the food in your mouth. Imagine youíre writing an entry in a journal describing the various tastes.
CHEW ON IT No one is suggesting you count your bites (how boring!), but shoveling in food is definitely discouraged. Pay attention to how well your food is broken down before swallowing.
JUST EAT If youíre answering email or watching television while eating a sandwich, youíll likely still be hungry when youíre done. Make meal time a relaxed affair when the only thing youíre doing is eating.
FORGET FINGER FOODS Youíll eat slower and consume smaller portions if you use a knife and fork, especially if you lay utensils down in between each bite.
DINE AT THE TABLE Eating at the table, rather than standing at the counter or in front of the refrigerator (not to mention lying in bed), will help you think about what youíre doing. This also means no more on-the-go snacking.
HAVE AN ARTIST'S EYE Take time to prepare your food and appreciate how it looks. By adding aesthetics to eating, youíll just naturally savor it more.
BE EASY ON YOUR SELF Every new habit takes time to be set in stone. Standard scientific wisdom says it takes between 21 to 28 days to form a habit. It also helps to choose one meal or snack each day and commit to focusing on mindful eating at that time.
DINE AND DISCUSS One of the joys of eating is sharing a meal with a loved one. Try to focus some of the conversation on the meal, discussing flavor, presentation and textures.Focus each day and commit to focusing on mindful eating at that time.
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