Six Easy Principles
Altogether, just as outlined by Paul McKenna, there are Six easy to follow principles that are the most reliable and effective ways for you to become slim and stay as slim as is naturally healthy for you.
By the way, notice that we call them ‘Principles’ and definitely not ‘rules’. We know that if we give people rules, then they want to break them; we don’t like being told what to do and what not to do! On the other hand, these principles are simply useful guidelines. You can use them flexibly. You can introduce them gradually if you want. And if you end up going against them from time to time, it is not the end of the world! This is all about giving you choice, finding out for yourself what works and giving you the freedom and flexibility to adapt to your situation. – So let’s take a look at them.
1. Take your time to properly taste and chew your food.
This is the single most effective and important of all the principles. Most people when they are eating are going Chomp-Chomp, Swallow! And they are missing out on getting the full satisfaction from their food. This one principle helps all the others to work more easily.
Avoid distractions such as TV and radio, and put your cutlery (or your food if you are holding it) Down while you eat. Wait till you have swallowed before picking them up again. You may be surprised at the difference this makes.
Drink soup and beverages slowly. Remember they are food too… If they are flavoured, they are meant to be savoured! If you are thirsty and want to gulp something down, try water…
2. Eat when you are physically hungry
This may seem just Too obvious. However it means Not eating when you are just bored or for comfort eating. And also not just because you are supposed to eat three square meals a day! – This was an invention of the industrial revolution. On the other hand, do not delay eating once you are physically hungry, or there is a risk you will eventually end up bolting your food and overeating.
3. Eat Anything You Like!!!!!
If you eat slowly enough and really savour your food, then the deeper part of your brain will adjust your tastes and desires for you. You must avoid denying yourself Anything once you are physically hungry, or your body will still think there is a famine. Only when your body knows it can have Whatever it wants (Yes – even if it wants Chocolate Cake!) will it be willing to offload excess supplies of stored energy in the form of fat.
(Obviously avoid any foods that may be bad for you as a result of a medical condition.)
4. Stop eating once you have had Enough
If you eat slowly enough and really taste your food, you will feel satisfied with far less food than before. If someone feels ‘Full’ it means their stomach has been over filled and is calling for mercy! So ‘Full’ is Too Much!
There is a scale of what counts as “enough”, starting from:
No longer hungry – I could stop now if I wanted, through to
I ‘think’ that is enough and
I ‘feel’ that is enough, to
MMMmmmm That was nice!
If you take your time, you will easily get the more subtle feeling of having had enough without having stuffed yourself.
5. Take moderate exercise
Many people think that the most important thing about exercising is the amount of calories we burn off while doing it. However, with moderate exercise, we actually burn off more calories in the two or three hours after we have exercised than during it!
Just a walk around the block is often all it takes to raise your metabolism enough for this. In fact it is important to avoid overdoing things in the early stages. Better to under exercise in the beginning and avoid putting yourself off from overdoing things. Build up gradually if you want later; you might even get to enjoy it, it produces ‘happy chemicals’ – endorphins!
6. Weigh Less
Yes, it’s a pun! However, weighing yourself too frequently just picks up the small natural variations that could discourage people. It is best to only weigh yourself about once a fortnight; Preferably at the same point in the day on the same day of the week. Midweek is probably best.