Whenever we think of weight loss, fitness journeys, and getting fit, our minds would often run to dieting. And that’s why people get discouraged to go on their own fitness journeys because the word ‘diet’ is usually associated with restrictive eating.
But did you know, getting fit and maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding certain food–including your favorite dishes and desserts? If you’re planning on getting healthy, losing weight, or just want to try out healthier eating and living, why not try mindful eating? (Read: 3 Instagram Shops That Offer Healthy Meal Plans)
Mindful Eating vs. Dieting
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), mindful eating is “an approach to food that focuses on individuals’ sensual awareness of the food and their experience of the food. It has little to do with calories, carbohydrates, fat, or protein.”
This means that instead of controlling how much we eat, we control how we eat it. Compared to diets that put rules as to the amount we eat and what we can and cannot eat, mindful eating focuses on the actual experience of eating food.
But despite the fact that you can virtually eat anything you want without having to control intake, you can actually still lose weight! “It is not coincidental that, within a mindful approach, the person’s choices often are to eat less, savor eating more, and select foods consistent with desirable health benefits,” NCBI says.
So how do you do mindful eating? Here are some tips!
Eat slowly and without distraction
By eating slowly, you get to savor the food you eat and are able to control how much you eat because you’ll notice when you’re already full. Fast eaters tend to overeat because they don’t realize that they are already full, which could lead to weight gain.
Eat to maintain health and well-being
It is said that we should always eat with a purpose when we’re doing mindful eating. This means we think of why we eat and what the food we eat does to our bodies. By purposefully eating, we get to know which of the food we consume actually benefits us, thus, allowing us to reduce intake of junk and unhealthy food.
Listen to physical cues from your body
To avoid overeating, always try to eat on time. Go grab a plate of food when you feel the hunger coming, and only eat until you’re full. This goes without saying that you should only get a serving of food that you’re sure you can finish!