Helpful Hints for You
Becoming more “mindful” when eating your meals can make a positive
impact on your weight. Here are two helpful hints:
- Take a moment to reflect about how you are feeling before you eat. Are
you happy? Stressed? Sad? Hungry? Bored? Taking in to account how you’re
feeling allows you to better understand your body’s needs and sets
the stage for you to enjoy the food you are about to eat.
- Begin the practice of eating with no distractions. That means turn off
the TV, eat in a specific area (such as the kitchen table), and avoiding
multi-tasking, like texting throughout your meal. When your full attention
is on your meal, you keep better track of how much you are eating.
- Eat 3 small meals and 2 snacks each day. The fewer meals you eat, the slower
your metabolism becomes, which can promote weight gain instead of weight
loss. Avoid skipping meals, because that will lead to over-eating at other meals.
- Take your time when eating. As your stomach fills with food, your body
receives a signal that you have eaten enough. However, this signal can
take up to 15 minutes to reach your brain and let you know you’re
full. If you rush through your meal, you may eat more than you need before
that signal ever reaches your brain. So, take your time.
Obesity is the result of numerous factors reaching beyond merely the imbalance
of calorie consumption. These include genetics, hormonal, and environmental.
It is because of these factors that diets alone have very little success
at achieving long-term weight loss.Make small, positive lifestyle changes
that you can continue throughout your life to achieve successful weight loss.