Three Reasons You Might Not Be Losing Weight (even if you are doing everything "right")
If you are eating all of the right things and you are not seeing the results you want, there could be more to it than your diet and the amount you are exercising. Believe it or not whether you are vegan, paleo, vegetarian, omnivorous, or eating food out of the frozen meal section- it is only half of the equation. HOW you eat is as important as WHAT you eat. That’s right, HOW you eat your food plays a large role in your digestion, weight, and overall health. Are you intrigued? Keep reading to learn three ways you can improve how you eat your food.
1. Eat Without Distractions- Let's start with the most challenging step; eat in peace. It is so easy to spend the time you are eating scrolling on facebook, instagram, or any of the infinite websites on the internet. Or maybe you enjoy most of your meals on the run, in a car, in the subway, walking down the street, or working at your desk. There is also the possibility that you don't eat dinner without flipping the TV on. These are all very common habits that we must break. There will be times (of course) that you will need to eat on the run, or while completing work but if you make it a priority to eat without distractions, it will happen a lot less often. Why is it important to eat without distractions? Because your body requires a great deal of energy in order to digest your food. If your energy is concentrated on all of the things going on around you it will limit the amount of energy you have for digestion. Your digestion can be greatly affected and slowed down by distractions, causing you not to absorb all of the nutrients from your food, which can in turn lead to overeating.
2. Eat Slowly- This is much easier said than done, but it makes a huge difference! We are all busy people and sometimes rushing through a meal feels inevitable, but it can really wreak havoc on your digestion. Chewing your food properly is a key piece in healthy digestion and will also leave you feeling fuller longer. You will also feel less bloated if you give yourself the proper amount of time to chew and digest your food. Most people find that they eat half of what they normally would eat when they take time enjoying their meal.
3. Eat When You Are Hungry- What a thought! Eat when you are actually hungry! With all of the dieting and health information out there many of us have become far too removed from our body's intuition and try to eat based on a set of rules that have been told to us. It's time to throw all of that out the window! We have to tune into our bodies to find true intuitive health. Many nutritionists advise people to eat five small meals a day; while that might work for some people it most certainly will not work for all people. In fact eating many small meals throughout the day does not give your body the amount of time it needs to digest your food properly, which can lead to an over-worked digestive system. So give your gut a break! Eat when you are hungry, it's that simple.
If you take the time to listen to your body, chew your food, and eat in a calm environment you will feel a difference (especially if you normally eat on the go, really quickly, and non-stop throughout the day). If you take anything away from this I want it to be that HOW you eat is very important. Next time you sit down to dinner take a deep breath, feel gratitude for your meal, and then enjoy it calmly.
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