This week while working with a client I had a breakthrough. I realized that most people have conditioned or socialized themselves to eating reactively rather than proactively. And this is not the eating mindset we used to know.
Think about it. When we were children, we ate at regular hours determined by those who raised us or by the schools we went to. While we may have had some say, when and what we ate really wasn't up to us.
As we become busy adults with variable schedules, we move away from eating at consistent intervals and have to autonomously figure out when and what to eat. Often times this leaves us with too many options, we suffer from decision fatigue, and end up putting our nutritional needs on the back-burner.
We don't notice how this lifestyle change can significantly affect our weight regulation, metabolism, and health. Your body gets confused if you eat at different times every day or don't eat at regular enough intervals for it to be able to predict when your next dose of energy will come.
For example, you may have lunch at the same time every day, but you have dinner at irregular times, and you snack at irregular intervals. Or, let's say you eat lunch and dinner at the same times every day including on weekends, but you snack at irregular times. Either one of these scenarios would be enough to confuse your body and throw your metabolism out of whack.
How often do you ask yourself, "what do I feel like eating?" This is a reactive way to eat.
My argument here is that there's a better mindset if you want to eat smarter. There are proactive ways to eat.
Our bodies are incredibly smart, complex machines that adjust according to what you give it to work with. If you have gone too long without food (when you're not asleep), your body prepares to go into starvation mode and slows down your metabolism for survival.
Give this new mindset a try this week. Eat proactively instead of reactively. Eat irrespective of whether you are hungry or what you feel like eating by planning a bit ahead.
See for yourself how eating at the same intervals every day can make a major difference on your energy and weight regulation. See how it even improves your mood, focus, and saves you stress from having to decide when and what to eat. Commit to set times or intervals for meals and snacks (every 2-3 hours is recommended), and stick to that schedule even if you're not hungry. If you're worried you'll forget, set calendar reminders until you get used to your new schedule.
By adopting a smarter mindset, you will become the one in control of your appetite, metabolism, and ultimately, your weight.
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