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Mindful Eating: The First Step To Weight Loss

By John Fleming

I recently became acquainted with the term “Mindful Eating”. In a nutshell, the idea is to be aware of what you’re eating and why. I used to think I was aware of what I was eating but now I realize that there are many times that I eat, not because of a hunger signal coming from my stomach, but because of some other stimulus.

Eating without being mindful of it can be surprising to some people. When you want to lose weight, the formula is simple. Less food in, more calories out and voila: weight loss. If you’ve been on a diet you know it’s a little more complicated than that. Eating sometimes seems to have a mind of its own and happens without a lot of thought – eating without being mindful about it.

Mindful eating is knowing what you’re eating and exactly why you’re eating it. This means that we become aware of the physical and emotional cues that lead to eating in the absence of hunger. For example, I’ve noticed that I eat twice as much when the TV is on and later on I sometimes don’t even remember eating. You could call that mindless. Eating because it’s lunchtime is another example. You might be hungry but if you’re not, do you eat anyway just because that’s what time it is? Any reason for eating besides hunger needs to be thought about a little more.

Another one of the major mindless eating triggers for me is boredom. Eating can sometimes be something to do when you just need a little stimulation. Now matter how long the day is dragging on we always know that eating is right there when I’m feeling bored or anxious to give me a shot of positive stimulation.

Eating to please someone else is another potential trap of mindless eating. Everybody seems to know someone who loves to cook for their families and friends and, for them, food equals love. It can be very hard to not overeat in that situation because by rejecting their food, they feel that you’re rejecting their love. Eating to make someone else feel good is a common predicament but if you can find some other way of demonstrating your love, you can avoid hurting their feelings and avoid putting on the extra pounds.

There’s a lot more to mindful eating than it seems on the surface. A simple everyday action like eating can actually have a lot more behind it than just hunger. Finding out why we eat, what causes us to start eating and what the real triggers are is the first step to getting a successful weight loss program off the ground.

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