One of the key concepts of the “I can make you thin” book is that you should eat on purpose. The author suggests that you remove distractions like television while eating a meal. I enjoy eating while watching TV – but I don’t enjoy being FAT.
Today I made a point of eating each bit of food like it was the only bite I had. I savored it. I chewed it slowly over and over while noticing every favor. I didn’t put the next bite of food in my mouth until I had completely finished the first.
This forced me to slow down, giving my body more time to signal that its full – but had the added benefit of allowing me to enjoy food. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but the truth is, to enjoy eating is not the same thing as enjoying food.
Have you ever watched “The Biggest Loser” when they show clips of FAT people shoveling food into the face at a ridiculous pace? Eating produces endorphins, similar to the affect you could get from working out (hmm… interesting). Eating at such break neck speeds shows an addiction to eating, not to food.
Eating on purpose like this allows me to enjoy food. That’s cool – not a lot of diets out there have a real claim to that one. It reminds me of a quote from Ratatouille:
Linguini: And you’re thin for someone who likes food. [crowd gasps]
Anton Ego: I don’t LIKE food. I LOVE it. If I don’t love it, I don’t SWALLOW.