Effortless Fat Loss Habits: Mindful Eating

Thursday November 8 2018

Effortless Fat Loss Habits: Mindful Eating

In the last post, we discussed the effortless fat loss habit of eating when you’re hungry and stopping before you’re stuffed – as well as eating a diet based on whole foods. The idea of “stopping before you’re stuffed” is simple enough, and sounds easy, but it’s actually pretty difficult for most people. Why? Because we lack mindfulness, or the act of being fully present, while we eat.

Too often our meal times are rushed and require half, or even less than half, of our attention. How many times have you eaten in the car on the way to work? Do you often stare at your phone, browsing social media, while you eat your lunch? Is dinner every night taking place in front of the tv or lap top?

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Multi-tasking while we eat is distracting us from the act of eating. It’s distracting you and dulling your ability to be fully aware of the signals your body is sending you during your meal. This makes it harder to tell when you’re satisfied, and no longer in need of more food – making you far more likely to over eat. Over eating, leads to an excess of calories. An excess of calories, over time, leads to excess body fat – and we don’t want that.

When you’re distracted, you’re also less likely to actually enjoy your meal. You’re not giving your meal the full attention it deserves, making you more likely to eat quickly and not taste your food fully, or enjoy the presentation or texture of the food your ingesting. This robs you of what could be one of the more enjoyable experiences, and simple pleasures, of your day to day life. This is directly tied to your over all sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Long story short, distracted eating leads to weight gain and less happiness.

So how can you be more present while you eat? By following these simple steps …

– Eat in a place you find relaxing, and where you wont be distracted or disturbed.
– Put away your phone while you eat, and don’t brows through it during the times while you are eating.
– Don’t eat in front of the TV or your computer
– Before eating, take the time to admire your food, notice how it looks, the subtleties of its colour or texture.
– Be present with each bite, notice the temperature, the consistency, the texture, and the flavour.
– Chew your food thoroughly, don’t race through your meal
– Take momentary pauses to notice how your body feels. Is it approaching satisfaction? Is there still need for more food?
– When you’re meal is finished, take a moment and be thankful for the meal. Notice how you feel afterwards.

By being present while you eat, undistracted, you’ll be much more likely to enjoy your meals and notice when you’ve had enough. This develops a deeper connection between your mind and body. You’ll begin to notice how certain foods effect you, what makes you feel great and what make you feel like garbage. You’ll slowly become more attuned to how much food your require, and what’s too much. The simple act of bringing more attention to your meal will help you fine tune your own method of intuitive eating – helping you lose excess body fat and keep it off for good.

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If you’re reading this, you more than likely live in a place with an abundance of food, and no shortage of great restaurants to eat – you might as well take the time to truly appreciate that fact and be present while you eat. Not only will you feel better, you’ll look better too.

So there you have it, the end of our three part series on “effortless fat loss habits”. Each one of these habits while powerful on their own, are much more effective when combined together. Give them a try, and we’re sure you’ll be pleased with the results.

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