Did anyone else watch I Can Make You Thin on TLC last night? I was actually already in bed when my friend called me and told me to turn it on (her and I are always both trying out new diets, in fact she swears by nanoSLIM). Paul McKenna was quite motivational.
The first episode was “The Secrets of Naturally Thin People” that revealed his “4 Golden Rules” that I decided to try this morning for breakfast…
1. When you are hungry, EAT.When you starve yourself your body goes into ‘survival mode'™ it slows your metabolism and your body starts to store fat. When you eat when you are truly hungry you tell your body there will always be enough food and it speeds up your metabolism. He also noted that most of us are dehydrated, so drink a glass of water first at the first signs of hunger to see if that satisfies us before eating.
2. Eat what you want, not what you think you should. As soon as you tell yourself to not eat certain foods, (usually because you've been told they're bad for you), you upset the natural balance of your relationship to them. Rather than wanting it less, that forbidden food instantly becomes more attractive to you. (Good, I can still eat my pizza!)
3. Eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful (this is the hard step) Put the knife and fork down whilst you are chewing your food and thoroughly chew each mouthful of food at least 20 times! Plus you are to eat without distractions (ie TV, Newspaper). So, this morning I made myself a bowl of Honeycomb cereal and went and sat at the dining room table instead of in front of my computer like I usually do. I put the spoon down between each bite, and tried to chew my mouthful 20 times, but the Honeycomb practically disintigrated after a dozen chews. And I have to admit it didn't taste near as good because the sugary taste disappeared after the first couple chews.
4. When you think you are full, STOP eating. So after each bite, I kept asking myself if I thought I was full. I didn't even eat half of my bowl. Most people have the notion they should “clean their plate” as to not waste food. But he made the comment that the extra food can either go in the trash or your hips. Makes sense to me.
Next week's episode is “Overcoming Emotional Eating”. See you then!