The 4 Eating Habits that Helped me Lose Weight…

It ain’t what you eat, it’s the way that you eat it?

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I was reflecting the other day on my own relationship with food and how it has changed over the years.

I have always loved food and I have a huge appetite but my eating habits haven’t always been great. Here are a few tips and tricks I have picked up on my journey…

  1. Don’t be scared to feel hungry – I don’t mean starve yourself, but try avoiding snacking between meals, buying extra from petrol stations, dipping your hand in the biscuit tin – “Little pickers wear bigger knickers” girls! The more you eat, the more you will want to eat! I would always be nibbling – TBH I still snack sometimes, only these days it is on a few olives, some veggies or a bit of chicken.
  2. Never overeat – I used to do this regularly, eat way too much of something just because it tasted nice, but the truth is that after a few mouthfuls and that initial hit on the taste buds, the flavours start to fade and our pleasure lessens. Now I never over eat. When you get the chemicals and the sugar out of your diet you can actually hear the signals your body is sending you and you naturally know when to stop.
  3. Kick start your day with a big breakfast – each week when I review my Slim From Within clients food diaries those that start their day with a decent high protein breakfast do two things – firstly they eat a lot less during the rest of the day and secondly they weigh less at the end of the week. “But I end up eating all morning if I have breakfast” yep, used to say that myself too! Maybe for the first few days but that will calm down, especially if you are eating protein based meals. Skipping breakfast is a false economy that leads to eating high calories fast fix food later in the day and lots of it
  4. SIT & eat slowly – I imagine over the summer there has been the odd occasion when you found yourself rushing from A to B trying to get your lunch down you whilst trying to do 101 other jobs!

Don’t for these reasons:

  • Your digestive system HATEs it when you eat that way, it needs time… remember your mum telling you to sit and let your meal go down?
  • It takes 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that you are full so when you’re rushing your food it’s easy to over eat (and there are lots of studies out there to prove it!)
  • Mindset – take time out to enjoy your food, eat mindfully, savouring each bite. Slowing down means eating less! (OK, hands up I’m still working on this one! I always make an effort to be one of the last to finish, I’m getting there, I always used to be the first!)

Food is fabulous. Eating should be an enjoyable experience. Taking time to perfect your eating habits can help perfect your waistline too!

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