Eating out of habit, in response to emotions, or in response to our environment can lead to unconscious eating that results in consuming excess calories. For example, you may find yourself munching on snacks in front of the television until the show is over, even if you were satisfied after the first bite. Or, you may find yourself binging on junk food whenever you are stressed or upset. Therefore, it is very important for you to develop conscious eating habits to improve weight loss results.
The first step to becoming a conscious eater is knowing when you are hungry. Before you take a bite of food, you should ask yourself if you are hungry or eating for other reasons. If it’s just a craving triggered by emotion or environment, try to take your mind off of food by doing some other activity. If it’s time to refuel your body, then you can move on to the next step. The next step is thinking about what you are going to eat. What foods are available? What fits into your Diet Center program? Also, think about portion sizes before you fill your plate up or order your food.
While you are eating, try to remain conscious of the experience. Enjoy your food, and eat slowly to give your brain time to know that you’re full. The last step to being a conscious eater is tracking your intake. Keeping a food journal will help you remain conscious of your eating behaviors, and allow you to look at the picture. Instead of reflecting on one day, you’ll be able to analyze your habits and food selections to determine where improvements can be made. Try to take these steps to become more of a conscious eater. It will help you eat so that you meet your body’s needs, while achieving weight loss!
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