i have compiled a short bullet point list below of a couple of elements that are vital to adhere to when you have a goal of becoming the weight you want to be. These points below are very much how a naturally slim person who has no need to diet thinks and acts with regard to meals and food.
- When you are hungry, eat. Do not leave it until you are starving because then you will eat twice as much. Your body thinks it will never get another meal.
- Eat what you want and what you enjoy eating, not what you think you should eat. For example if you hate Brocccoli or Cottage cheese or Ryvita then do not force yourself to eat it. It will backfire on you and lead you to think about throwing in the towel, you need to enjoy your meals.
- Eat consciously and mindfully. These are big words that simply mean that you should sit down at a table if you can for eating a meal and give your food the time it deserves. The habit of eating on the go is all too easy to get into but it usually means that we eat less nutritous food and tend to stuff it down to get back to work.
Get into the habit of putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls and chew each mouthful for at least twenty seconds before moving on to the next on. Taste and savour your food.
4.Focus on your food with no distractions such as TV , radio or phones. Studies have shown that eating meals while watching Television leads to eating far more than you think you have without even realising it because your attention is not on the food.
5.When you are comfortably satisfied STOP. Rely on your stomach and not what is on your plate.Getting into the habit of eating off a smaller plate than usual is also recommended.
- Learn to distinguish the difference between real physical hunger and comfort eating. Comfort eating is eating when you are not physically hungry. Food is to hunger as water is to thirst. When you get the urge to raid the fridge an hour after you have eaten a dinner then its safe to safe to say that its not real physical hunger. That in fact is eating either out of boredom, sadness, lonliness , anxiety or stress. It’s known as eating your feelings or swallowing your feelings.