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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How to Lose Weight - By Savouring Your Food

In this age of hustle and bustle, where we seek fast fixes for our problems, few people take the time to stop and savour, anything let alone our food.

Most food that we know we shouldn't eat is literally shoved in our mouths. Fast food seems to have to be eaten quickly. Weight loss needs to be fast and easy. But these things aren't working, so why not try a different approach.

Eating quickly doesn't give you enough feedback as to when you have had enough. It takes about 20 minutes for your satiety centre in your brain to tell you, that you have had enough.

By which time you could have eaten much more than you need to. When people feel they are craving a food they usually stuff themselves. This gives little pleasure. So why not try a different approach.

In mindfulness meditation one exercise is to hold a single sultana in your mouth for 15 minutes, and explore every aspect of it. While this is a useful exercise in itself, we don't need to be quite as intense.

What I suggest is to simply serve yourself a smaller portion than you normally would. Then just eat each mouthful slower than you normally would. But the important thing is to savour the flavour.

Notice the textures, the subtle and not so subtle flavours, and just give yourself the time to enjoy what you are eating.

If you treat food as fuel and you just fill up, like putting petrol in your car. Then the experience can be one of getting in as much as possible as quickly as possible, and then getting on with your day.

But if eating your food is a sensory experience, where you allow yourself the time to enjoy each bite, and you give a little thought to the fact that you are being nourished by this food. Then the internal physical and mental process is very different.

Physically your digestion will be grateful, rather than lumps of food in your stomach you will have a nice soft properly masticated pulp, which is much easier for the stomach acids to further digest.

Mentally, you gain more pleasure from less food and you will feel more satisfied and less likely to go back for seconds. Focussing on being nourished will make it more difficult to consume junk foods as it is quite a stretch to imagine being nourished by a hot dog or a donut.

Weight loss involves many factors, but this simple act of savouring your food is an important component of any successful ideal weight programme.

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