Don’t Go Back for Seconds Just Yet

Most people eat their meals like they are actually starving. While this may feel normal, it isn’t normal for our bodies. Not to mention, it leads to one of the biggest contributors to obesity: overeating. Overeating can cause rapid weight gain, which many of us see annually during the holidays, and some of us see here and there throughout the year. Today, I am going to let you in on a secret that may jump start your weight loss and lend aid to some new, healthy eating habits.

This is a habit that you should get into for the rest of your life.

It will stop that weight gain we talked about a minute ago, and get you on track to constricting your stomach to the size that it should be. All you have to do to achieve this – wait 15 minutes once you feel full during or after a meal. “Wait for what?” you may ask. Well, wait for your food to settle. Wait to see if you are fuller than you actually think you are. Have you ever ordered a meal with your eyes, and then realized that it was too much food once you got half way through, but still ended up finishing it? If so, that is the exact definition of overeating. As soon as you start to feel full, put the utensil down and relax for 15 minutes. Your body will begin to digest it and allow you to make a more rational decision on whether or not to finish what’s on your plate, get seconds, get dessert, or just throw in the towel.

Since you will be breaking one bad habit and picking up a new one, it is going to be tough. Your goal is to try this for each and every meal for 2 weeks. After that, giving your body a 15-minute wait time will become your new habit, leading to a far healthier you. If this is something that you are willing to give a try, let us know and keep us all updated on your progress in the comments section below. The more people that voice their opinions, struggles, and successes, the easier it is for us to become a team and push ourselves/each other. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to Subscribe if you haven’t already!



Kim Shapira MS, RD

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