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Weight Loss and How You Think

Updated on January 24, 2010

What are you Thinking?

We all feel it, that urge to get up and grab some cookies from the cupboard or to head out to the store or the fast food place to grab what ever it is our impulses are telling us to get. We crave it even when we are not hungry, just wanting to satisfy that urge to fill ourselves on food we don't really need. Would it shock you to know that when most of us think we are hungry we are actually only slightly dehydrated? A glass of cool water or a cup of low fat milk can satisfy that urge of mistaken hunger and quite quickly I might add. Yes what we believe is hunger is actually just an addictive trait that most of us who have easy access to food all have. It is a flaw in our thinking, a flaw embedded in us from having such comfortable easy life styles. Even the fittest and most healthy of us don't really understand what kind of energy it takes to actually have the food we eat. We are spoiled by our access to food.

Now I'm not saying that you have to go out and buy forty acres and a bunch of seeds and some live stock to be healthy. I just think we need to alter our way of thinking just a bit. In times past people worked hard for their food, it was just the way it was.  Knowing we don't have to do that and that we are not going to be walking ten to thirty miles a day for this or that we have to fit in our physical activity and alter our eating habits and what that takes is a change in thinking.

So here are some keys to changing how to think about eating!

  • Eat to live, don't live to eat
  • If you feel hungry get some water
  • Bored then don't watch TV or play video games go for a walk or do something physical
  • Chew your food well and eat slowly
  • Have plenty to drink
  • Walk for one hour a day no matter what, even if you have to break up that hour into fifteen minute intervals
  • Go for a weekend hike
  • Play with your kids
  • Eat small portions of healthy foods
  • High energy foods are great just not in excess like a spoon full of peanut butter or a palm full of raisins
  • Use low fat products and get plenty of protein¬†
  • Use common sense when it comes to eating out

If you can use these keys in your life you can stay healthy.

Don't over complicate things. Diets tend to make us feel overwhelmed. So don't go on a diet, common sense tells us when to much is to much. Just know that if you want to be healthy you need to be active and make good choices when it comes to eating. A regular hamburger is enough you don't need the huge one. A glass of ice water or tea is much better than an extra large soda. Small snacks are still snacks, don't eat another meal in between meals. If you are diabetic then eat smaller meals throughout the day. Be Healthy and be happy.


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      Sean Jankowski 8 years ago from Southern Oregon

      Thanks breakfastpop. KISS keep it simple stupid is the best way to live in my book.

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      All I can say is great advice.