Many people fail to lose bodyweight because they do not realize how much food they're actually eating throughout the day. In fact, most people, when asked to estimate their daily caloric intake, almost inevitably under-estimate how much they're eating. Why is this the case? One reason may be due to mindless eating. Mindless eating is essentially eating when not necessarily hungry and when not really aware of what you're eating (i.e., eating when watching TV, eating when feeling stressed, anxious, sad, or frustrated). As a result, the human body is provided more food than it actually needs (!). In order to lose bodyweight, it's necessary to become much more aware of what you are eating, when you are eating, and why you are eating.
Mindful eating occurs by eating slowly, enjoying the sight, taste, temperature, texture, and smells of foods rather than wolfing down a quick meal. Each morsel of food should provide pleasure when eating. Learn to eat every two to three hours so that your body becomes acclimated to a healthy digestive rate. Learn to recognize and abide to your body's feelings of hunger by eating regular, small meals rather than eating too much at one time (a recipe for fat gain!)
Here are some tips to mindful eating:
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.