Another common downside to dieting is the attention given to food. Dieters are often instructed to focus on and even study their food with tactics like counting calories or carbs, or to eat a certain type of food and no others. This process can actually sabotage their success, because the diet makes the dieter more preoccupied with food. Dieting makes food the enemy, especially when one eats a non-diet food. Dieting slows metabolism! And, lastly, dieting is usually a stepping-stone to eating disorders.
A different approach: Mindful Eating
Mindful or intuitive eating means the person is aware and deliberate while eating. First, the mindful eater responds less to external cues—like the sight or smell of food, restaurant signs, television ads or large bowls and plates. Instead the mindful eater tunes in to their body’s natural signals of hunger and fullness, so they stop eating when full and don’t start eating unless they are truly hungry. Second, the mindful eater limits distractions—like a television—which might prevent them from hearing their body’s signals. Anyone can become a Mindful Eater with practice. Stay tuned for tips on putting mindful eating into practice!
About the Blogger
Sylvia White is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Professional Counselor. See how Sylvia can help you with your weight loss goals.