By Deborah Kesten
If you’ve ever lost and then regained weight, what’s the best way to stop overeating and keep weight off for good?
Rather than starting yet another diet, try tasting, really tasting your food—or meditating for a moment before eating. In other words, think outside the diet.
Welcome to the wonderful world of overeating research!
Our original research on Whole Person Integrative Eating (WPIE)1,2unlocks some truly remarkable reasons you overeat and gain weight—and, conversely, how to overcome overeating, overweight, and obesity. Want to reap the rewards? Here are 10 tips—from our research and that of others—that could help you overcome overeating and reduce odds of being overweight or obese.
#1. Choose Chocolate
Savoring some chocolate might remind you of something you’d like to overeat—but don’t write off chocolate just yet as a (heavenly) food that could help you lose weight (yes, you read that right). In a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers showed that it’s possible to eat chocolate and weigh less if you choose the right kind—a cocoa content that’s 70% or higher, and the right amount—an ounce a day, about the size of a credit card. (Sorry, but more isn’t better `cause if you overeat chocolate, the calorie-count climbs too high to reap the rewards.) The secret to chocolate’s metabolic mystery? The antioxidant epicatechin, which revs up your metabolism.
#2. Feed Your Senses
Here’s your excuse to buy that favorite gourmet olive oil you’ve sniffed in one of those fancy olive-oil boutiques. Scientists in Germany have linked an aroma—specifically, the scent of olive oil—to eating and weighing less. Somehow, the scent of olive oil lead research participants to feel satiated sooner than those in the canola-oil scented group. And it gets better: those in the olive-oil group lost weight, while the canola-oil folks gained weight. Can “sense-filled” dining really up your odds of eating less? Yes, according to my research on Whole Person Integrative Eating,1,2“Sensory Disregard” is one of the 7 overeating styles we identified. To find out if aroma is a stay-slim tool that works for you, try your own experiment with scent-sory olive oil and other scintillating scents.
#3. Nix Night Eating
Call it nighttime hunger, nocturnal eating, or night eating syndrome (NES). Regardless of what it’s called, if you do a lot of overeating after you’ve had dinner or well into the wee small hours, it’s a triple weight-gain whammy! Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania reveal why: 1) your metabolic rate and digestion slow down at night; 2) consuming a lot of food at night wreaks havoc with hormones that control appetite, and; 3) eating when your body is meant to relax and restore itself busts your body’s built-in biological clock. The take-away: Simply put, human beings aren’t meant to eat a lot in the evening hours. It’s a formula for gaining weight and making it hard to lose weight.
#4. Dine by Design
When you eat in emotionally (think eating while surrounded with angry people) and aesthetically (visualize eating in your car in a traffic jam) unpleasant surroundings, my Whole Person Integrative Eating research1,2revealed you’re more likely to overeat. So think about the atmosphere in which you’ll be eating ahead of time. As often as possible, each time you eat, design a pleasing dining experience by creating an emotional and physical atmosphere that’s as pleasant as possible.
Which leads to…
#5. Pay Attention to How You Feel
Emotional eating—turning to food to soothe negative emotions or out-of-control food cravings—is the #1 predictor of overeating and weight gain, according to my Whole Person Integrative Eating research.1,2To get control, try this: First, commit to getting in touch with your feelings before, during, and after eating. Next, make a conscious choice to eat when your emotions are balanced—not negative. Then recognize that one of the best reasons for eating is a healthy appetite, meaning, don’t let yourself get too hungry. The bottom line: Commit to eating for pleasure, with a healthy desire for food, and experience feel-good emotions when you eat and enjoy!
#6. Eat with Others
A famous study that began in the early 1960s in the small town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, explores the influence of human relationships and social support on the metabolism of high-fat, high-cholesterol, calorie-dense foods. Amazingly, this study suggests that when social support is present in our lives, especially when we eat, what we eat is somehow metabolized differently—so much so that it can keep you from getting sick. My more recent research on overeating1,2 revealed that eating alone more often than not—what I call Solo Dining—is yet another “new normal” eating style that strongly increases the odds of overeating. When it’s time to eat a meal, invite others to join you. Share mealtimes with friends, family, or coworkers as often as possible. Or if you have a pet, consider eating at the same time as your furry friend!
#7. Don’t Diet
Although dieting, judging food as “good” or “bad,” and thinking a lot about the “best” way to eat may not seem to have much in common, they are all characteristics of the overeating style I describe as “Food Fretting.”1,2If you see yourself in the food-fretter scenario, you’re at increased odds of overeating and weight gain. To get off the food-fretting treadmill, first and foremost, stop dieting. Instead, perceive food and eating as one of life’s greatest pleasures, and choose Integrative Eating as your most-of-the-time dietary lifestyle. Choose wisely (see “Get Fresh,” below) and enjoy.
#8. Get Fresh
If your most-of-the-time way of eating is, say, a donut and coffee for breakfast; a burger, fries, and coke for lunch; pizza for dinner; and chips as a snack, my research on Whole Person Integrative eating suggests that “fast foodism” is your main overeating style.1,2If a diet of mostly fast and processed foods is typical for you, consider getting in touch with your inner fresh-food fairy. You can do this by replacing sugar-, fat-, and salt-laden foodish foods—ingredients that can amp up your “overeating engine”—with more fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, and nuts and seeds, and lean, free-range, chemical-free animal foods. Worth a try, don’t you think?
#9. When You Eat, Eat
Do you ever eat while watching TV? Or while working at your computer? Or when you’re driving? If you eat while doing other things, you’re doing “task snacking,” a Whole Person Integrative Eating overeating style that is linked with overeating and increased odds of weight gain.1,2The antidote? Mindfulness eating. Give up eating while doing other activities. Instead, stay mindful, keep focused on your food, and do one thing at a time. In other words, eat when you eat!
#10. Quit Chemical Cuisine
Obesogens are the manmade chemicals—plastics and pesticides—which have found their way into our food supply and beverages. They wreak their havoc on both appetite and weight by mimicking estrogen, a hormone that can make you fat. The solution? One quick tip for avoiding “chemical cuisine” is to stay away from bisphenol A (BPA) found in canned foods, bottled beverages, meat packed in plastic, and more.
The key take-awayis this: To attain and maintain weight loss…for life, think outside the diet by changing beliefs you have about dieting, losing weight, and keeping it off. Replace limiting weight-loss “think” with insights into the underlying reasons you overeat and gain weight—some of the overeating styles we just told you about. The 10 key weight-loss solutions are your first step in jump-starting a relationship to food and eating that can help you turn overeating into optimal, whole person integrative eating…and attaining and maintaining weight loss…for life.
- Scherwitz L, Kesten D, “Seven Eating Styles Linked to Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity,” Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 1, no. 5 (2005): 342–59.
- Kesten D, Scherwitz L. “Whole Person Integrative Eating: A Program for Treating Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity,” Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal 14, no. 5 (October/November 2015): 42-50.
Weight loss: How to burn belly fat fast – cutting back on this drink may help you to slim – Express
Whatever your reason for weight loss, it can often seem like a challenge to stay motivated. It’s important to remember, however, that a balanced, healthy diet is what’s important – which may mean you can have the odd treat now and then. On the whole, creating a calorie deficit is likely to lead to weight loss. The NHS website states: “To lose weight, you need to use more energy than you consume, and continue this over a period of time.”
Alcohol is something which many people choose to cut down on in order to slim.
That’s because some of the most popular types of the drink contain hundreds of calories per serving.
While it may have health benefits in small amounts, it’s important to remember that it can be very harmful if you drink too much.
Whether it can lead to weight gain is explored in the study “Is alcohol consumption a risk factor for weight gain and obesity?”.
The research, by the Department of Internal Medicine at University Hospital, Switzerland, explored how excess calories for alcohol are partly stored as belly fat, as Healthline report.
The results of another study – titled “Alcohol drinking patterns differentially affect central adiposity as measured by abdominal height in women and men” – saw participants who were daily drinkers but drinking less than one alcoholic beverage per day tended to have the least belly fat, while those who drank less often but consumed more on the days that they did, were the most likely to have excess abdominal fat.
As such, cutting back on alcohol could be very beneficial indeed when it comes to your waistline.
A number of fitness experts have commented on how it’s diet which is key when trying to lose belly fat.
In terms of food groups, they advised ensuring that you’re tucking into plenty of protein.
According to a number of observational studies, those who have a high-protein diet will tend to have less belly fat that those who eat a lower-protein diet.
As well as meat and fish, eggs, whey protein and beans are all good sources of protein.
However Vicky Fleetwood, a Rugby World Cup champion and personal trainer, issued a warning about this food group.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, she said that while it is important to ensure it’s present in one’s diet, consuming an excessive amount of protein isn’t likely to be of benefit.
“You want it to be high in protein, but at the same time, you don’t want it to be an excess of protein because there’s only so much that your body can actually use,” she explained.
“The rest, your body will excrete.
“You can get a formula online for what will be perfect for you.”
Weight Loss Tips: Add These Two Ingredients To Your Morning Coffee To Lose Weight – NDTV News
We all know that it is really difficult for a coffee lover to look for any other alternative. They just can’t function without their daily dose of caffeine. Some coffee addicts even go to the extent of pairing or adding their cup of joe with a range of foods, drinks and even desserts. There is no denying the fact that drinking coffee judiciously has been tied to promoting good health for various reasons. In fact, health practitioners emphasise on the health-promoting properties of black coffee when taken regularly, but in moderation. But did you know that coffee, which has always been a favourite drink for many, is also a catalyst in weight loss? Surprising, right? Health experts and nutritionists around the world talk about how black coffee helps in losing weight. According to a recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, caffeine in coffee helps accelerate weight loss programme. It stimulates the metabolic activity and increases the energy level, which further curbs hunger. That’s the reason people reach for a hot piping cup of coffee when they need an energy boost or lift up their mood.
For weight loss, avoid adding milk and sugar to your coffee as it may reverse the action and encourage weight gain. In fact, add a few healthy ingredients to your black coffee to make it even healthier and flavourful like cocoa powder and flaxseeds. Both these ingredients are known to be good for any weight loss programme. Cocoa is known to boost the body’s metabolism. Many nutritionists and fitness trainers recommend people to add cocoa powder to their protein shakes. While flaxseeds are brimming with fibre, which takes long to breakdown and digest, keeping you full for a longer time. “Flaxseeds are a great source of soluble mucilaginous (gum-like) fibre that … acts as a hunger suppressant,” notes the book, ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing House.
Here’s How You Can Make Weight-Loss-Friendly Morning Coffee At Home:
Things You Need:
- 1 tsp ground coffee powder
- Half tsp cocoa powder
- Half tsp flaxseed (ground)
- Take a coffee mug and add all the ingredients to it along with a cup of warm water.
- Mix them well and drink it every morning to keep up with your weight loss plans.
So, if you are a fitness lover who loves coffee, drink this coffee to avoid bingeing on unwanted calories later in the day. Make sure you do not add any sugar or artificial sweeteners to it. Also, consult your doctor before adding this drink to your daily diet.
(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)
5 tips to lose weight while eating your favourite food, without exercise or diet – Times Now
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New Delhi: Whenever you think about weight loss, the first thing that comes to your mind is a strict diet and a rigorous workout routine. While a healthy diet and exercise are keys to a happy and healthy life, it may not be extremely necessary to beat yourself to get a lean and toned body. Weight loss is determined by a variety of factors, and a healthy diet and exercise are two of the many. What if we told you, you can lose weight just by tricking your body in certain ways?
If you think losing weight while eating your favourite foods is a far-fetched dream, it may not be completely true. You can lose weight while eating what you want, you just have to trick your body in certain ways. Here are 5 tips to lose weight while still eating your favourite foods and get a flat tummy and toned body.
Hydration is the key to weight loss. If you eat right and exercise but do not keep your body hydrated, it can mess with body functions like metabolism and digestion, and slow down the weight loss process. Drink a lot of water and healthy fluids to speed up your weight loss process and achieve the body you have been aiming for.
Measure your cooking oil
Even the healthiest of oils are high in calories. You could be making the mistake of pouring oil directly into your cooking pan, which would mean more consumption and more calories. The best way to avoid extra calories consumed due to the consumption of cooking oil is to measure your oil with the help of a spoon. Use minimum oil to cook your food and avoid extra calories that can sabotage your weight loss goals.
Pick the right serving
You can trick your body into losing weight by managing the serving size of your snacks, ensuring they are not consumed in meal-size portions. Serve snacks like popcorn in small coffee cups, nuts in shot glasses and similarly. This will ensure that you have your snacks, but have them in controlled portions, so that you neither miss your meals nor consume too much of them as it can also lead to weight gain.
Change your plates and glasses
You are probably wondering what are we even talking about and how can changing your plates and glasses help in weight loss? The answer to your query lies in the fact that portion control is a real thing, and can help in tricking the body into losing weight. Change your dinner plates and use small, salad plates for having meals. Use the bigger dinner plates to have low-calorie, weight loss accelerating salads. Similarly, have water in big glasses, and sugary drinks in small cups, to control your portions.
Eat while the sun shines!
A lot of experts believe, and it is also backed by research, that one should only eat when the sun is up, that is, before sunset and after sunrise. This helps in giving the body enough time to process the food, digest it, and also helps in detoxing. Early dinner or a late breakfast, or both, can help in improving insulin use by the body and also in using stored fat for energy.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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