Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Sarah1
How to Make Yourself Thin
An article that we wrote over 5 years ago still stands today and we thought we would share it with you again
Get Paul McKenna’s tips for a healthier attitude towards food and weight loss.
Follow four guidelines to healthy weight loss.
1) When you are hungry, EAT
Paul says one of the main reasons people eat when they do is simply habit. In fact, many people are so desensitised to their body’s messages that they’ve forgotten how to pay attention. Paul says, not eating when you’re hungry sets up dysfunctional patterns of thinking in the unconscious mind in relation to food. This subtle tension around food sets up a powerful neuro-chemical change in the brain that leads to false hunger signals and patterns of craving and bingeing. All you need to do to reset your body’s innate wisdom is to eat whenever you feel hungry.
2) Eat WHAT YOU WANT, not what you think you should
Paul says as soon as you tell yourself not to eat certain foods you upset the natural balance of your relationship to them. Rather than wanting it less, that ‘forbidden food’ instantly becomes more attractive to you. The inner battle between your positive intention and your resistance to being controlled (even by yourself) can be exhausting. As you begin to make peace with food and learn to listen to the wisdom of our body, you experience freedom from the tension and guilt that comes from NOT following your intuition.
3) Eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful
You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, so long as you fully enjoy every single mouthful. Paul says, people who are overweight often shovel food into their mouths as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, because they are eating unconsciously, they never notice the signal from their stomach that lets them know that they are full. Paul says, it’s very important to put your knife and fork down between every mouthful – and chew each mouthful at least twenty times – so you can give your body time to notice what it’s doing. Not only will digestion improve and your energy levels pick up, you’ll naturally wind up eating less and feeling better.
4) When you think you are full, STOP eating
The natural design of the human body is to eat when we’re hungry and stop when we’re satisfied, but many of us are conditioned to eat until we think we’re full or until whatever food we put on our plate is gone. To lose weight effortlessly and keep it off, you must begin working with your body and not against it. When you’ve eaten enough, your stomach sends a signal – a sensation that says, ‘I’m satisfied – that’s enough.’ Of course, if you miss this warm feeling of satisfaction when it first occurs, you’ll notice that each subsequent bite of food becomes a little less enjoyable than the one before. The more you pay attention to it, the more obvious it becomes.
So to summarise, if you feel hungry, EAT .However, you must EAT WHAT YOU ACTUALLY WANT, not what you think you should; eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful, and when you even suspect you are full, STOP.
Putting rules into practice
In order to fully enjoy your food you have to notice that you’re eating it. A recent study conducted in Switzerland showed that when people were blindfolded, they ate 25 per cent less than when they could see. Instead of looking at the food and by concentrating on its taste and textures, they actually ate less.