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Feed Your Body, Not Your Mouth and Lose Weight

Updated on May 5, 2010

Delicious and healthy

We All Love To Eat

You love to eat right? So do I! And like everyone I sometimes over do it, and that's ok, it happens to all of us. Quite frankly, no one short of a Buddhist monk or Spartan warrior can maintain 100% discipline 100% of the time. The trick is to not fall off the wagon and just lay there, but to get back up and keep going when you do. You also have to change the way you think about food. Learn to feed your body, not your mouth.

A big part of losing weight and staying healthy is to learn to eat based on the effect what you are putting in your mouth will have on your body and not just to turn on your palette. Unfortunately that is exactly what fast food is designed to do, high fat content food naturally turns on your palette, it's a survival mechanism that is ingrained in us from the caveman days when getting as many calories as you could was a matter of survival, since you never knew how long it might be until you were able to eat again and you needed energy stores to draw on when the odd T-Rex decided you looked like a tasty little morsel.

How I learned to love oatmeal

When I was competing in Bodybuilding and dieting for a contest, what I ate and when I ate it was just as important if not more so than actually training with weights and doing cardio. During one phase of my pre-contest diet I would be up at 7 am running or riding the lifecycle and my first meal of the day was a large piece of tuna and brown rice. That's not very breakfast now is it? No, but I knew that I needed the 30+ grams of low fat protein and carbs to start my day right- I was feeding my body, not my mouth. Food can have an almost drug like effect on your body if you know what you are doing. Once you get your mind around this concept it is much easier to eat healthier and wiser without feeling deprived or cheated. You simply have to think about food in a different way.

Now days I don't compete anymore, but in my day job keeping fit and in shape can mean the difference between life and death (I'll let you figure out what I do). As I stated in my hub about how to flatten your stomach, the first thing I do each morning is 50 push ups and 50 sit ups or other abdominal exercise. After that I get my coffee brewing and I zap a half-cup of oat meal in the microwave, then I mix in one scoop of a high quality whey protein powder (my favorite is the EAS brand) and some non-fat milk, maybe a little brown sugar for a treat now and then. This concoction gives me everything I need to start my day with a good ratio of protein and carbs, and it's quick and easy.

Does it taste great? It's not biscuits and gravy but it isn't terrible either. The protein powder manufactured today is much, much better tasting than the stuff we had back in the 1980's when I was first competing. In fact, you could mix it in a chocolate milkshake in place of the chocolate flavoring and if you didn't say anything, I doubt anyone you served it to could really tell the difference. Of course there are any number of flavors in most brands to choose from.

Stop the insanity!

So Just throw out all these fad diets such as Atkins and the like. Eating healthy in moderate proportions and eating more often through the day is the right way to go about losing weight while not feeling run down or tired- feeling run down and tired all the time is a sure way to get anyone to chuck the whole idea and go back to the unhealthy habits that caused them to gain weight in the first place.

You don't have to kill yourself to look better and feel better, you only need a little willpower, prior planning and common sense. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.


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      James Krewson 7 years ago

      Great tips. Thanks again!!

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      Superkev 7 years ago

      Thank you, and I totally agree.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Very commonsense-- almost zen. We should all move a bit closer to the 'feeding the body' paradigm for most of our meals. (Except for an occasional all you can eat buffet.)