2612568276918. Weight Loss Bootcamp Extreme

Weight Loss Bootcamp Extreme

Weight Loss Bootcamp Extreme

Step Four. Where To Eat

I talked about setting yourself explicit mealtimes in step two: In this section I’m going to talk about where to eat and it expands on the cheeseburger example I mentioned above.

Where do you eat your meals? On the sofa in front of the TV? At the desk in front of the computer? Standing at the window in the kitchen watching the birds in the garden?

I could ask you to go away and write another list but really there’s only one point to be made here. All the places I mentioned are places designed for something else.

When we eat food in front of the TV what are we concentrating on? The TV or the food? Well, it sure isn’t the food. And what I’m trying to say is that if we are limiting ourselves to three meals a day with no snacks or extras, then, to get maximum enjoyment from our food, we really need to be fully focused on what we’re eating.

So, what you need to do is sit at a table, preferably with family members if possible, and concentrate on the meal in front of you.

The important thing is to take your food more seriously. It doesn’t matter what it is, all food has texture, aroma, flavor and color and you’ll find that by taking your food slowly, one mouthful at a time, you can begin to appreciate the different attributes of your food and see whether it’s something you’d want to eat again.

Think about the flavors, ask yourself if you could do a better job of cooking it yourself. Keep the food in your mouth a little longer, don’t just gulp it down. As a child I was told to chew all my food 32 times before swallowing. It was supposed to be an aid to digestion but it’s a good way of achieving all the above.

Let’s make no bones about it, eating is one of the great pleasures in life and it’s a waste of this great pleasure if we neglect it and ignore all the variety and subtlety that it has to offer.

So, I want you to treat each meal as an occasion. There’s no need to put on your tuxedo or evening gown for each meal but I’m sure you will get my drift. With your new ‘three meals a day’ routine then each meal becomes a more important part of your daily regime.

If you think about each meal, before and after you’ve eaten it you’ll get much more value out of it than if you gave it no consideration at all.

If you take your food seriously like this, you’ll begin to appreciate good food a whole lot more and junk food a whole lot less. And by taking your food seriously, you’ll begin to require a lot less of it because the enjoyment will come from the quality and not from the quantity.

This is what we’re aiming for; if you can enjoy your food by sitting at a table, with a knife and fork in your hands, away from the TV, then you can think about it a whole lot more and begin to understand its flavors and textures. As a result, you’ll lose the need to stuff your stomach with whatever rubbish the fast-food industry decides to throw at you.

Think about this, it’s a bit of a radical idea and you might not think it would work but, by re-jigging your mindset with respect to your food and where you eat it, you’ll be surprised to find that you might never want to buy a burger again.

Now, I’m not an idiot and I know that in the modern world it’s not always easy to eat in the way I’ve described above. We might have work or family commitments that means that we really do need to grab a bite of something on the run. Well, that’s OK, once in a while.

But I hope you’ve come to realize that what we’re aiming for here is a way to stabilize your eating pattern and get some structure into your daily food consumption, so try to put it into practice whenever possible.

Take Away Message from Step Four

Choose a place to eat where you can concentrate on your food without distraction. The TV, computers and cell phones are the biggest culprits here. Give yourself time and space to appreciate your food.

Regards, Coyalita

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