Are You Aware of the Ultimate Nutrition Tip?

The Ultimate Nutrition Tip

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Good food in limited quantities

Guest post by Susan Campbell

Why do I eat so much? That’s really the question I wanted you all to ask yourself this week. And I have the ultimate nutrition tip for you.

If you only follow one nutrition tip it should be to only eat when you were hungry and eat less.

And as enthusiastically as people try this challenge, I’m never shocked to see how many people actually have a hard time doing it. It may be the most difficult nutrition challenge you can try.

So why do you eat so much? And why are you having trouble eating less?

There’s probably a dozen things that could be causing you to eat so much. They may be:

  1. Boredom
  2. Stress
  3. Distraction
  4. Fill a void
  5. Fun
  6. Contentment
  7. Socialization

But you are probably very aware of most of those – you are probably even guilty of a few.

However, in my experiment with eating less I have found 2 new reasons why you could be eating so much.

1. You’re thirsty.

One of my biggest nutrition challenges is drinking enough (sometimes any) water. I truly do not have a thirst mechanism. I go right from being fine to having a headache and feeling like my gears are grinding. Then I have to go on overdrive to rehydrate. And if I just stayed hydrated in the first place I’d be fine.

Anyway, since I was trying to eat less I drank more water. And guess what happened? Any hunger rumblings I was experiencing actually disappeared for awhile.

It was amazing! If I felt hungry I drank a glass of water and it satisfied me.

Sometimes hunger isn’t really hunger at all.

2. You’re eating the same things in the same quantities as your spouse/significant other.

The best nutrition tip I can give you is this…..

Here’s a brief scenario for you:

Since I met my boyfriend 3 years ago, who is 6′4″ and is 50-60 pounds heavier then me, I have gained 14 pounds. That’s about 5 pounds per year.

That’s right, me – fitness professional and know it all, gained weight just from dating.

What I started to realize is that I eat portions of food that are very similar to Scott’s. I don’t need to eat the same amount of food as a 6″4″, 215 pound man does.

Even if our activity levels were identical, his food requirements are much higher then mine.

I have to start looking at what he takes and then eating less. There’s really no good reason to match him.

And chances are very good that you are doing something similar. If you are having trouble losing weight (or if you are gaining weight) take a look at what your husband or boyfriend eats and make sure you eat less. For now that’s a good starting point.

The bottom line is this: you have to start looking within yourself to figure out why you eat so much. Your don’t have the body of your dreams because you eat too much – period. So take a look inside and come up with an action plan to turn things around.

To learn more about good ways to lose weight fast, take a look at this blog post about Home Cardio Workouts on my Home Workouts Blog. While you’re there be sure to sign up for regular email updates to learn more weight loss tips.

Article Source: Susan J. Campbell

Photo: Zsuzsanna Kilian

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11 Responses to “Are You Aware of the Ultimate Nutrition Tip?”

  1. Greg says:

    The last point is very accurate, and could even be expanded to include all friends and family. When I first started work, I went out to lunch regularly with my co-workers; buffets and other large meals. Wasn’t good for my waistline at all… I eventually had to curtail my lunch outings to get my weight down.

  2. Todd says:

    Great point Greg. Working in an office has been the worst thing as far as weight is concerned. Seems like somebody is always bring in food that I shouldn’t eat.

  3. Resveratrol says:

    I second the “thirsty” point. People don’t drink enough water, and they would be less hungry if they drank more.

  4. Todd says:

    So true. I know that I drink a lot of fluids throughout the day, but need to change some of those to be actual water.

  5. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I hate wasting food but lately when I get full and there isn’t enough on the plate to bring home, I make myself toss it because it’s either going to waste in the trash or it’s going to my waist! OOH! I’m using that line on the Wii Mommies now!

  6. Todd says:

    Make sure that you give PhitZone credit for inspiring that comment. :)

  7. I agree with Greg 100%. My coworkers are hazardous to my health!

    Here I am eating chicken breast with brussel sprouts, which I’ve always considered about as tasty as a sweat sock, and the two guys behind me are munching on greasy burgers and french fries.

    I better go grab a huge water to fight this craving.:)

  8. Todd says:

    Matt, You know that you can season the chicken, right? ;)

  9. Becki says:

    I’d like to point out that this trick works for kids, as well. Our kids do not like to drink water. It is too plain for them. Make a deal with them, if you drink a full glass of water, I will add some crystal light in another cup of water for you to drink. They drink the water, get all psyched about the crystal but are too full to drink the whole glass of the juice. :-)

  10. Ha ha! Yeah, thanks Todd.

    I love chicken and have about a thousand and one ways of seasoning it. Brussel sprouts…not so much. I only eat them after all the broccoli is gone. :)

  11. Todd says:

    Unfortunately the only way that I can really eat Brussels sprouts is with a bunch of butter… and that kind of defeats the purpose. haha

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