Back in January 2011 and in September 2010, I emphasized the importance of SATIETY in reinforcing one’s diet goals. Simple common sense tells us that compliance to a sensible weight loss or maintenance program is much more likely if one is satiated during the day. This also enables us to have the stamina to power through heart-pumping Arc workouts and/or a circuit blitz on the Cybex weight machines at your local gym.
This past weekend, while eating lunch at a busy food court, I paused while savoring my tofu salad with cilantro vinaigrette to look around. I noticed chubby teenagers texting frantically on their cell phones, while mindlessly munching on greasy French fries and other nutrient-poor calorie bombs. I also noticed weary sales clerks practically swallowing their pizza slices while sifting through piles of paperwork. At least half of the lunch patrons appeared to be either talking or texting on their cell phones.
Many of the above-mentioned distracted diners displayed varying degrees of obesity. This non-scientific observation motivates me to stress to all of you “Biggest Losers” and “Maximizing Maintainers” (that’s what I call myself”) the importance of eating mindfully. Look at your food—smell it, taste it, appreciate it for the nutrient-rich, empowering gift that it is. Don’t tweet when you eat. The awareness of the meal you savor will carry you to the next eating occasion without a “need” to overeat later.
I would like to recommend a helpful book and website by Brian Wainsink: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. It will literally change the way you think about your next meal.
"How can you re-engineer your comfort foods to be healthier?"
"Why can the way you set your table lead you to overeat?"
"Why do you overeat with friends and what can you do about it?"
In this much-talked-about book, eating behavior expert Brian Wansink revolutionizes our awareness of how much, what, and why we’re eating-often without even realizing it. His findings will astound you.
He shows that the solution to Mindless Eating is in making small changes so we Mindlessly eat less. The book has been translated into 18 different languages so far, and can be found in most bookstores. On the web, you can find it at www.amazon.com or www.mindlessproducts.com.