Do you tell little lies to yourself about how much you eat?
Last night I had dinner with a friend who's trying to lose weight. He told me that he hadn't eaten all day. When I reminded him that wasn't wise, he sheepishly listed what he actually had eaten during the day. While it wasn't much, it was nourishing foods. People ignore what they see and hear and lie to themselves about how much they eat. Don't ignore what you know!
- When we don't eat all day as a weight loss technique, it backfires.
- When we ignore food all day, our body thinks we're starving. It automatically goes into survival mode. This lowers our metabolism rate so that we don't 'die' from hunger.
- What happens when we do eat is that since our metabolism is slower, we don't burn our calories as fast and as a result, can gain weight.
- To protect us from starving to death, the body instinctively 'helps' us store fat.
- Ordering an appetizer for dinner when trying to lose weight - especially if we've had breakfast and lunch -- is a reliable choice to make.
- If you are trying to lose weight and decide to eat less, don't eat a smaller plate that has more calories than a full portion.
- Avoid sauces, candied vegetables, deep fried or rich choices.
- Allow as many 'empty' nourishing calories as you want.
- carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, etc - salad ingredients without the dressing
- If you have salad, ask for dressing on the side. Be stingy with it. An alternative is lemon juice or a simple vinaigrette.
- When we eat less, it's more socially satisfying if we eat slower. Plus eating slower burns more calories and we are generally more satisfied.
- Pay attention to what you sense. Enjoying what you eat means more efficient digestion and more fun!
- Honor your truth. You will feel lighter and eat less.
- Allow yourself physical and psychological satisfaction. Don't be a victim of self-abuse.