Tired of the same old do’s and don’t when it comes to dieting and weight loss? If you’re one of the many women trekking the hard path to weight loss, you’ve probably come across programs that tell you to avoid certain kinds of food. There are those that recommend vigorous exercises to rev up your metabolism but only allows you to eat a third of your usual intake. Chances are, you feel deprived. And this deprivation will probably cause you to binge later or have mood swings. It could even affect your work and family life.
But did you know that you could diet and lose weight without sacrificing the things you want? This is the game plan for the slow and conscious eating diet.
Recent studies concluded that diets which are low-fat or low-calorie can only do so much to your body. Dieting and weight loss through this may not even prevent heart diseases. Moreover, another research shows that our bodies utilize and absorb more nutrients from foods that we like. This means that scarfing down plate after plate of brussels sprouts or broccoli won’t do you much good then you expect if you don’t like veggies.
This is because if we are presented with something that we like, say, roasted chicken with lemon butter sauce, our brain, upon recognizing the smells and sight will send signals to the stomach to release more digestive juice. The result? A better metabolized and digested protein than servings of tofu that will just go to waste simply because our brain protested against it. But don’t binge yet, certain precautions must be considered to avoid going into a pleasure eating overdrive.
First, the food must have nutritional content. This means that chips and chocolate diets are out. Vegetables, fruits, proteins, and whole grains are preferred. Smother them in sauce and prepare them the way you like. Fry, steam, grill, or bake, it’s up to you. The key to this method of dieting and weight loss is proper nutrition and yummy food. Second, assess why you need to eat. Are you really hungry? Is it just for socializing? Or is the desire to eat an emotional thing?
In short, have the right attitude when it comes to food. Eat substantial portions are enough for sustenance, a small amount if you’re just in for the chat, and control your indulgence when eating for emotional needs. This brings us to our third consideration, the method of eating or your eating habits. You may have to tweak your eating habits a few times to control eating for pleasure.
Make like the French and chew your food slowly. Savor every flavor and texture. It is important to prolong delight in eating your meal. Without realizing it, you’ll feel fuller and more satiated sooner with smaller portions. The result?