The hardest part about losing weight is the fact that you have to make lifestyle changes in order for it to really work. A short term fix won't give you lasting results, so you have to alter the way you live your life for weight loss to be a permanent change. Our relationships to food are hard to alter but are the most important.
Pay attention to the food you eat. In our society, a large portion of the calories we eat are mindless snacking. Think about going to the movies; most of us almost invariably get a sack of popcorn. Do you really think about that popcorn as you eat it? Do you taste every bite? Are you paying attention when your hand dips into the bag? Most of us are not, and we're consuming out of habit rather than out of hunger. This is a surefire way to eat more than you should. If you pay attention to your food, and savor each bite, you'll find more satisfaction in what you eat and notice when you're full.
Portion control is also important. The tendency, especially when you're really hungry, is to pile food on your plate. Then, even after you're full, you feel somewhat obligated to finish what you took. This makes us eat more than we naturally would, and suddenly you've had a 3,000 calorie dinner.
Take breaks between bites. Have a sip of water, or engage in conversation. Your body needs a moment to register what you've eaten, and if you give it time, it's more likely to notice when you're full. Drinking a glass of water before you eat also helps hydrate you, and makes you feel less hungry.
Losing weight is a challenge, but I found that changing my ideas about food made a difference.
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