Thursday, 7 October 2010

Change one thing...

I have had a total shocker on the diet front this week. I was all good intentions with the you can't do it with exercise alone revelation last week.

But with camping (more on that tomorrow) and the school reunion, I have rediscovered the hedonist within.

I have taken a pass on the scales, until I can sort myself out a bit, but I will refocus this week and get myself back on the wagon.

This week I am going to change one thing. I am going to Eat Less. It is what I should have been doing all along, but it is so bloody hard.

Eat Lee is rule number 45 from Herr Pollan's Food Rules. He says that this is probably the most unwelcome advice of all (I second that), but it is a scientific fact that 'calorie restriction' has repeatedly been shown to slow aging in animals and may offer something in the world of cancer prevention.

So even if you are not overweight, the argument for eating less is compelling. Afterall who doesn't want to be the fabulous woman in the black dress looking 10 years younger than your peers at your 20 year reunion? (Envious much?)

We simply eat more than our body needs. The excess wreaks havoc, and not just with our weight.

We are not the first people in history to revel in food abundance. Previous cultures have devised various ways to promote the idea of moderation that we can follow, such as:
  • Stop eating when you are full
  • Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored
  • Consult your gut, not your eyes, when you are eating
  • Eat slowly
  • The banquet is in the first bite
  • Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it
I could go on (and no doubt I will in another post, on another day) but for now, I am off to Eat Less.

Have you got any other strategies for eating less that I can try?


Lucy said...

My aim over these past months has been this: eat when I am hungry and never for emotional reasons.

I have maintained my weight to the gram.

So for weight loss......I just need to eat less....

alliecat said...

Someone once told me to drink a full glass of water before every meal. Also drink a full glass of water when you think you feel hungry, often we mistake hunger with thirst, and most people are chronically dehydrated.

Great advice, must follow it myself!

Gifts of Serendipity said...

Great post.

You are so right, it is easier said than done.
One little trick I like to use is to serve my meals on a bread and butter plate vs dinner plate, it gives the illusion of eating a bigger meal.

x Felicity

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adrienne said...

I've found that if I include foods with a good amount of fiber and protein I eat less throughout the day.

Learning not to eat out of habit is so hard and learning when your hungry versus thirsty is too.

Visiting from Fat to Fit

Gill@OurParklife said...

well i just read an article saying that a university in canada have just completed a study which found that it is all about listening to your inner voice....That you know the right choices to make when it comes to eating - and that we have to follow through with these choices....with our will power

Makes sense, but so much easier said than done, don't you think? I know I SHOULD say no to one more piece of cake....but i still find myself saying YES PLEASE....!

Gill xo

Anonymous said...

What a great post! Love all the info!

Melissa@Suger Coat It said...

I've heard the water one too. And of course, chew lots, eat slowly.

Good luck!

Catherine F. said...

If eating less, pump up the fibre and water so that you don't feel hungry.

I go for water these days - like a couple of glasses 20 minutes or so before a meal. Helps if I put a bit of lime or lemon in it too.

Rebecca said...

Emotional eating is my downfall. I have also read that if you eat the same thing every day, you're less likely to gain weight. I eat the same thing for breakfast pretty much every day and have the same afternoon snack. Other than that, there are slight differences, but nothing huge.

I'm also a sucker for McDonald's...gross, right?

Clea said...

Hmmm... the deyhdration tip is a good one- our bodies often confuse thirst with hunger. The other one is being busy. I know when I'm bored or being lazy I tend to eat more. On the days that I am biz-wa, I tend to not even think about food as much.
Eating less sucks big time though, so good luck :)

Anonymous said...

Lots of water and lots of fiber before meals helps me eat less. There's something filling about that combo that seems to work for me!

eenni meeni me said...

I know eating less is just boring advice hey? It is so true though as since joining WW a month ago I realised I have been eating quite healthy foods anyway but just enough for 3 people (sometimes 4!!!) yikes. Good luck

Kelly said...

I am on lite and easy at the moment so I experiencing "eating a lot less"! It's hard but it works for weight lost!

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