Too many of us mindlessly eat our way through the day. We miss out on the sensual experience of eating and instead consume our meals and snacks almost robotically. Take a moment to evaluate your eating habits:
Are you conscious of your eating habits or do you eat mindlessly?
Do you snack every time you sit in front of the television?
Do you nibble when preparing a meal?
Do you snack frequently over the course of the day?
Do you eat late at night?
If the answer to these questions is yes, you might consider making some changes to your eating habits.
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead is a film about Joe Cross, who lost weight on a 60-day juice fast and reclaimed his health.
Mindless Eating Habits
Mindless eating is a term coined by Dr. Brian Wansink, founder of the Cornell Food Lab. Dr. Wansink maintains we seldom stop eating because we are full. Instead, we respond to external environmental cues such as our friends have stopped eating or we have finished all we put on our plate.
Monitor your eating habits for the day and see how often you eat because you are hungry as compared to how often you mindlessly eat. Eating for reasons other than hunger leads to weight gain.
Common reasons for mindless eating include boredom, stress, habit, and how easily food is available.
We do not need to fall into the constant trap of super-size. Cues such as “bottomless refills” and “more fries with that” are temptations we need to avoid.
Suggestions for portion sizes are 3 ounces of meat, chicken, or fish, 1 ounce of cheese, 1 cup of milk, yogurt, or vegetables, ½ cup of rice or pasta, and 1/3 cup of nuts. The idea is to burn more calories than you consume.
If you are like most Americans, you drink too much soda. Soda is nothing but empty calories. And diet soda is a particular concern:
Some of the artificial sweeteners in diet soda disrupt the regulation of caloric intake and lead to overeating. Diet sodas also contain sodium and can cause water retention. This leads to bloating and extra weight.
The best drink for thirst is a cold glass of water. In fact, drinking the recommended 80 oz of water each day can help you lose weight. Read, “Drinking Water for Weight Loss.”
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