This is part 3 of the mindful eating series, where I’ll chat about using mindful eating to help with weight loss. For more info on what mindful eating is, make sure to check out part 1.
If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know that I am anti-dieting. (You can read more about why I hate diets here.)
Mindful eating is a useful tool when trying to lose weight because you learn to listen to your body. It will tell you when it’s hungry (which means you need to eat) and when you’re full (which means you need to stop). We were really good at this as babies and likely as kids, too, but somewhere along the way, we stopped listening to our bodies. So now we have to retrain ourselves.
Here’s how mindful eating can help with weight loss:
You’ll find a level of satisfaction.
When people go on unhealthy diets, they often restrict so much that they’re starving until they break and overeat. Paying attention to how you feel throughout the meal will help you find the middle ground. When you eat until you’re satisfied, you don’t have to count calories or worry excessively about portion sizes – it’ll just happen naturally.
You’ll stop overeating.
When practicing mindful eating, you eat slower, so you won’t be scarfing down the whole meal before realizing you ate too much. You’ll notice when you begin to feel full and stop before you’re overly stuffed.
You’ll make smarter choices at the grocery store.
With mindful eating, you’ll find that healthier foods fuel you better and your body will body will begin to crave these foods. We know that healthy choices start at the grocery store! Check out these tips on reading a nutrition facts label.
Here are 3 tips to help you be more mindful throughout your day:
1. Do NOT eat straight out of the bag or bowl. Always serve your portion onto a plate.
2. Turn off all electronics when eating.
3. Sit at a dining table when you eat. Not standing in the kitchen while you clean up, not in front of the tv, or at your desk.