Irrespective of what your girlfriend may tell you, people do not go to sleep skinny and then wake up fat. Fattening oneself is a process that takes time. Weight gain is often recognized by the sight of your plumper face in a photograph, or the tight feeling when you try on your favourite pair of jeans. They both have the same thing in common, by this time it is too late, you have already piled on the pounds.
That’s rubbish Lee!
I hear what you are saying, but just stop and think about this for a moment. I am not talking about the one off trip to Kentucky Fried Chicken followed by the unnecessary visit to Ben and Jerry’s. I am talking about the everyday process of eating food. The days when you have no idea how many calories you have consumed and not the 500-calorie belly buster days that often follow a night on the razz.
Three Jelly Beans per day will make you a pound heavier one year today
If you starve yourself or seriously over feed yourself then you are going to notice one way or another. But these extreme ends of the spectrum are not where your concern should lie. Instead you need to start appreciating The Mindless Margin as described by Brian Wansink in his book Mindless Eating. The Mindless Margin is the area where you will mindlessly swing 100 calories either way of your ideal weight – mindlessly being the optimal word here. Just giving up a habit like drinking coke could save you 12 pounds per year. Now that is hardly a great sacrifice when it comes to the compromise that diet demands.
Losing 100 Calories Per Day Will Make Sure You Lose Weight
The problem all dieters face is the belief that they have to cut out their favourite foods. This leads to a sense of deprivation and loss, which inevitably leads to misery and suffering. So the best way of losing 100 calories per day is to do it mindlessly and Mindless Eating contains the secrets to this success. In forthcoming posts I will be writing about a few tips and techniques that Wansink recommends to help you manage the Mindless Margin, so make sure you stayed tuned.
Have you learned to stop eating when you are no longer hungry? How do you manage it?
I don’t think there is a diet on the market that I haven’t tried, but the results are always the same. I start by spending obscene amounts of money, I get excited about the new dawn and then slowly but surely I get bored, stop buying the proper ingredients and preparing the right meals. I then make some excuse, feel like a failure and return to the habits of old.
What I like about the philosophy behind the Mindless Margin is how simple it is to implement. Throw away those big bowls and replace with smaller ones. Throw away those round glasses and replace with tall skinny ones. Weigh your pasta instead of guessing. These simple changes to your environment will pay dividends around the waistline.