Why You're Not Losing Weight, Part 1

My Bariatric Life Health Guide March 08, 2013
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    Evaluating Your Eating Habits to Lose Weight

    There is a mental slight of hand sometimes employed by college professors that is used to get the attention of students just prior to making a pretty good point. A word is written on an index card, and the card is held directly in the face of one of the students. At this point the lesson might be mistaken for maintaining composure while personal space is grossly violated, but there is more philosophy here than why it is wrong to manhandle a college professor.

    The student who is asked to read the word aloud cannot do so because the card is too close to her eyes to make out the word. When the professor draws the card back a foot or so, shazam, the student can easily identify the word. She is informed that the best way to see what she might be missing is to step back and look again. This second look might provide the clarity she needs. The student’s IQ immediately lifts by 15 points, and she graduates as valedictorian.


    Alright, so that last part isn’t true, but there is still a decent bit of insight to be gained through this demonstration. For instance, if you are gaining weight and cannot pinpoint why, it might be a good idea to step back, look again, and reevaluate. You may wind up surprised at what you find.

    Evaluating Your Eating Habits

    If you have put on a few pounds and can’t quite figure out why, it could be a good time to evaluate your eating habits. Or perhaps you have finally achieved a goal weight and you now wish to maintain that weight. Step back and take a look at your eating habits.

    Here are a few a few items to consider to assess if you are eating as responsibly as you could be.

    1. Are you eating regular meals? If you follow a meal schedule, you will refrain from binging or eating to excess when you do sit down for a meal. 

    2. Skipping meals is never a good idea. You could very well find yourself feeling a bit lightheaded and weak. Skipping meals can also contribute to low blood sugar. The result of this is usually binges and cravings. 


    3. As you have probably heard innumerable times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After eight hours or more without food, the brain and muscles need energy to function. It also helps control body weight as it prevents people from overeating at other meals. 

    4. Regulating portion sizes is an adjustment that you might need to make if you are trying to lose weight. There is no need to downsize to birdlike helpings, but make sure that you are not consuming more calories than you burn.

    Thanks for your attention so far. Continue to part 2 of this article: Evaluating Your Eating Habits to Lose Weight.

    Living life well-fed,

    MBL

     

     

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    References:
    EDIS - http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/he550
    Fitness-Wellness-Guide - http://www.fitness-wellness-guide.com/articles/healthy-eating-habits-for-weight-loss.html

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch - http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/fitness/want-to-lose-weight-evaluate-your-eating-habits/article_4eca2c45-6cb3-5060-a765-707844b9673a.html