I don’t know about you, but I have always found counting calories to be a crazy-making undertaking. Recently, I completed Precision Nutrition’s Level 2 Program. It was quite a course. Maybe the most challenging educational program I have done in my lifetime. One of the most important things that I have learned was that changing habits is a much better idea than counting calories.
One of the most striking stories (among the many) that I remember in the program was about the difference between eating quickly and eating slowly. Without telling you the whole story, it was about how a young man that was always skinny and was having difficulty gaining weight and building muscle. He was coached to wolf his meals if he wanted to gain weight and build muscle. That man was John Berardi, the founder of Precision Nutrition (google him). The moral of his story was that if you are too thin and need to gain weight, eat quickly. If you are overweight and want to lose weight or maintain your weight eat slowly.
I have given this concept a lot of thought since then. It seems to me to be the best place to start if you are hoping to have a breakthrough with your health and well being, or if you would like to begin the process of losing weight. I have become the last person finishing my meals these days in my circle. I enjoy my food so much more than I ever did in the past because when you eat slowly, you have a chance to taste your food. You will experience flavors that you never have before. My recommendation for most people that would employ me as their nutrition coach would be to eat slowly as their first new habit.
Take the complications of counting calories out of your life. There is a lot of stress involved in depriving yourself of food. Sadly, over time that stress will shorten your life. What’s most important is learning new habits and eating nutrient-dense foods.
Try this new habit, starting today and for the next two weeks, and see for yourself if it makes a difference. The most challenging aspect of any new “habit” is your own self-awareness. Hope to hear some comments on your progress with this.
Til next time,