While millions struggle vainly to keep their weight under control, millions fail as they miss one key ingredient that can making losing weight effortless.
It’s understood that eating more calories than what is burned off will add weight. Many realize that eating the wrong food has a lot to do with weight control. Others realize that the chemicals in today’s food is one of the reasons for obesity. Still others know that skipping breakfast, a lack of sleep and a high stressed lifestyle have a lot to do with maintaining a healthy weight.
But many overlook one important ingredient that could help them lose weight faster and keep it within normal limits. How they eat is just as important as what they eat. And eating healthy starts with being aware of the way food is consumed. It starts with conscious eating. With the application of the right tips, the extra pounds will melt away and stay away.
Eat Under the Right Environment
A family argument can have a devastating effect on stomach acids needed to digest food properly. Many people eat when they don’t feel hungry. While the food at many upper scale restaurant may not be the healthiest, eating is often more pleasure than dining at a fast food place where noise and the hustle of the patrons create a distracting atmosphere.
Eat to Enjoy
Today’s hectic pace of life doesn’t offer the average person the chance to savor food. Too many eat in a hurry. Rather than chew food, they gulp it down without actually tasting anything. A connoisseur of fine wine uses all his senses to savor wine. But no one needs to be a connoisseur of food as they can simply slow down to savor the experience of dining. There is a marked difference between merely eating and tasting food.
Eat Without Distractions
Television, radio, newspapers and cell phones should never take the place of eating. Distractions lead to overeating. Watching violent programs and movies can stir up negative emotions that lead to overeating and often digestive problems in the stomach and colon. Eating requires paying attention to what and how the food is consumed.
Eat for the Right Reasons
Eating to fill a psychological need is what many people do on a daily basis. They eat to subdue fear and anxiety. Emotional eating creates bulimia and anorexia, disorders that may temporarily solve mental problems, but their effects on health are devastating. The purpose of food should center around the health benefits the food brings to the body.
Eat the Right Foods
What’s on the dinner plate can either be harmful or healthy. Unfortunately, fast food has become the standard fare on many plates across the nation. Unwholesome foods create fatigue and the numerous diseases associated with an improper diet. Those who take time to cook their food are likely to be more healthier as they pay more attention to what goes into their food.
Eat at the Right Time
Late evenings just before bedtime do not help digestion. The last meal of the day should occur at least three hours before retiring. The heaviest meal should occur in the morning with progressively lighter meals taken throughout the day. Three square meals may not be as healthy as eating six smaller meals as smaller meals put less pressure on the pancreas to produce the insulin needed to reduce glucose levels common after large meals. Eating at the right time means better health.
Develop the Right Eating Habits
Food must be chewed to allow saliva to mix with the food before it is swallowed. Saliva helps in the digestion process as it neutralizes excess stomach acids. Rushing the eating process in order to meet some appointment is counterproductive to health. It’s better to delay eating until after all stresses have been dealt with.
Good health starts with conscious eating. In today’s world, cultivating good eating habits will help reduce excess weight and maintain good health and happiness.