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Diet Rules Usually Suck
I really do hate rules. I think my personality type values freedom more than anything, and so anytime I tell myself I can’t eat this, I can’t eat that, I set myself up for failure. This is why I have never successfully been able to stick to diets.
Except this habit
There is one think that I’m committed to following that is proven to actually help in reducing caloric intake. It’s a simple habit that takes the deprivation out of how to lose weight. It’s super simple and easy, and doesn’t seem to be worth mentioning except for the fact that most people don’t see the harm in not implementing it.
A habit born out of self love
It’s one habit I implement out of self love because at the end of the day, I’m worth giving myself the time an attention to eat and to just eat. What am I talking about? Distracted eating. I used to watch tv while eating, scan the Internet while eating, add things to my to-do list while eating. Some people might read while eating, or send a quick email between bites.
What’s the problem?
At first glance, this habit seems harmless enough. But first, what is the message this habit is telling me about how I feel about myself? Is it important for me to nourish myself and give myself the time to just do that? If you think about it, it’s an act of self love to set aside time just for eating. You’re telling yourself the world can wait. You are important enough to have the time to nourish yourself. You’re telling yourself you don’t have to be multi-tasking and doing something productive and checking off all the boxes every minute of the day. You are telling yourself there is a special time to just sit and enjoy the pleasure of eating. You have set aside undivided attention for nourishment and sensual pleasure. Pretty profound, huh?
A habit born out of a desire to lose weight by increasing satisfaction instead of deprivation
This one habit isn’t just about self-love either, it is proven to help people eat less. Harvard studies have shown that people who watch TV while eating, eat more while people who eat undistracted eat less. With all the weight loss tips out there promoting deprivation and making you feel less satisfied, this is the one habit you can incorporate that will help you actually enjoy your food most.
How to lose weight by getting rid of distracted eating? You will eat less now and later
Not only that, but because you’re actually present to enjoy the meal at that moment, the study shows that undistracted eating helped people eat less not only during the time of food consumption, but people ate less later on also. Maybe when you’re fully present at your meal, you’re like been there done that, and you’re not repeating a meal that barely got stored in your memory.
Such a simple but helpful habit for how to lose weight, huh!? Here are even more reasons to eat without distractions.
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