EATING FAST

In this blog I would like to explain a second and very important reason besides excess calorie intake that most of us can’t lose weight.

We live in a fast-paced society. From the moment that we are born and become aware we are sensually bombarded with a rapid fire barrage of information. We are stimulated continuously at a very quick pace. We live in an age where we are trained and conditioned to crave constant stimulation. We all know, for example that kids going through school are constantly on the move with activities, sports  and various other interests commanding most of their time.

At this point you might say, what’s this got to do with me being fat?

Let me explain. Somewhere along the way we developed processed and refined foods that when eaten provide a high impact of flavor. The sweeter or fattier a food item is the more you are stimulated when you put in your mouth. Since we’ve been trained to crave constant, repetitive and nonstop stimulation we have somehow translated this need from visual and psychological to taste cravings.

The key here is knowledge because knowledge is power. Once you realize that you may be eating simply for stimulation perhaps you can powerfully and purposefully slow down when it comes to eating.

Here are some tips to help you alter the situation. Take smaller bites, chew your food slowly and intentionally take longer to really enjoy your meal.

A growing number of studies confirm that just by eating slower, you’ll consume fewer calories, in fact, enough to lose 20 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating anything different. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we’re full. If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we’re full, and stop on time. It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly.

Also,I think it’s fine to eat sinful foods, if you can, infrequently eat small amounts and eat them slowly. Think about it: you want to eat sinful foods (desserts, fried foods, pizza, etc.) because they taste good. But if you eat them fast, what’s the point? If you eat them slowly, you can get the same amount of great taste, but with less going into your stomach. That’s math that works for me.

And that argument aside, I think you are just happier by tasting great food and enjoying it fully, by eating slowly. Make your meals a gastronomic pleasure, not a thing you do rushed between stressful events.

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