On Monday, I picked up the book “I Can Make You Thin” at Barnes and Noble – it was $19 instead of $13 like it is online. After reading the first 15 pages, I went to bed. Tuesday morning rolls in and I have to apply the principles of this book. Eat whatever I want, Only eat when I’m hungry, Stop eating when I’m full. There are four basic principles but I haven’t gotten there in the book yet.
For breakfast I had a bowl of oatmeal with apples, raisins, and brown sugar. I’ve eaten this same breakfast many times although I wouldn’t say so often as to call it a habit. On a normal day, I finish off the entire bowl, think about a buying more but decide better of it and go back to work. Today, I asked myself after each bite if I was full. When I felt the answer was yes, I stopped eating.
Maybe it is the novelty of the idea or even a placebo effect but I was less than half way through when I stopped eating. I grew up with less than wealthy parents and was taught not to throw away food – a principle I have lived by my whole life, evident by my waist line! This time however I threw away the ‘extra’ food.
To my surprise, lunch was more of the same. I ordered a chicken salad and only got through a quarter of it. My wife suggested that I should have asked to take the rest home so that I would have been able to have it for dinner. I wish I had thought of that at the time, but I was so taken back by the idea that I was ‘full’ after only a small portion of what I normally consume, that I never give it a thought.
I was running late to my evening workout session and so I grabbed fast food on the way (oxymoronic at best, right?). I ordered the three mini-burger meal from with small fries and a small diet coke. I ate one mini burger… and was full! I never touched the fries or the other two sandwiches.
What is going on here? Am I experiencing some sort of suggestive reaction to the idea that I am ‘full’ after such small portions? Or am I actually full? Is this just the novelty of the program or is this a sustainable lifestyle?
I don’t know but if the answer is yes – then my daily eating pattern is obviously one in which I simply inhale mass amounts of food and without a doubt the major contributing factor to my FAT condition. This is a breathing technique I have used to gain weight for years and its obviously very affective!