Few people would describe me as an optimist, but when it comes to weight loss, I can’t help but look on the bright side.
I firmly believe that you can eat just about everything you want and lose weight. That may sound crazy, but consider that all your eating habits are just that – habits. And habits can be changed.
In other words, if you can become an habitually healthy eater, you’ll eat what you want and lose weight. One day, you’ll suddenly find yourself a little bit baffled that you’re happily choosing healthier food options – not out of obligation or guilt, but out of a genuine desire borne of habit.
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I typically eat food in one of two ‘states’:
- For the pure enjoyment of it. I love the taste of food, and I enjoy the act of eating more than most things in life.
- Out of sheer habit. Eating food also scratches an itch for me; it’s something I do habitually. Sometimes I catch myself not enjoying food per se, but simply eating it out of habit.
One of the keys to being Healthy Enough is to eat food ‘habitually’ as little as possible – the upshot of which means you’ll enjoy what you do eat more.
How so? It’s all to do with the diminishing returns found in eating food.
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I am a glutton.
For as long as I can remember, I have felt most rewarded by eating in volume. Given the choice (and putting dietary concerns to one side), I’d choose a big dish of adequate quality over a small yet sublime meal. To an extent, I don’t feel truly satisfied by a meal unless I’m a step beyond comfortably full.
I have managed to succeed in being Healthy Enough despite my predilections, however. I’d largely put this down to my adoption of intermittent fasting (which enables me to eat a big dinner), and it says a lot about how there are many different approaches to losing weight.
That said, avoiding gluttonous behaviour is the ideal; I don’t think anyone’s going to argue that gluttony is a good thing. With that in mind, I’ve recently been putting a lot of thought into how to curb my own gluttonous behaviour – more specifically, how to control the temptation to eat huge portions. I came up with an effective four step approach. If you find yourself succumbing to gluttony at times, follow the steps below, and you may find your appetite far more controllable.
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I know that many people are put off making their own meals from scratch (or doing so more often) because it can seem like such a time suck.
And it can be, in fairness. You can quite easily spend hours in the kitchen producing just one meal. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.
The Healthy Enough approach to cooking focuses on simplicity, efficiency, and enjoyment. With that in mind, this article offers some key practical steps to making cooking a simple, efficient, and enjoyable process – perhaps even something you’ll actively want to do.
Let’s get to it!
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If you can control what you eat, you can control your weight.
While I’d be the first to say that the practical reality of the above statement isn’t so simple, it is nonetheless valid in principle.
A clear corollary of that statement is if you don’t know what you’re eating, you can’t control your weight. Therefore, an important step when it comes to weight loss is to know what you’re eating.
When I say “know”, I don’t mean on a superficial level. Being aware that a Big Mac is a Big Mac isn’t the same as knowing what is actually in a Big Mac.
And that brings me to the main point of this article: one of the best things you can do to promote long-term weight loss is truly know and appreciate (for better or worse) what you’re eating.
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I’m a practical kind of guy. When it comes to health and fitness, I tend to rely on what makes intuitive sense to me, rather than what the latest study or trend has to offer.
I believe this has served me well. After all, trends change, and ‘findings’ from any given study are often subjective, and sometimes debunked at a later date. Meanwhile, I believe the human mind and body has evolved to serve its best interests quite faithfully (even if we don’t always listen to what it says).
Obvious examples of what might make intuitive sense include:
- Stop eating when you’re full.
- Don’t eat too much rich food.
- Don’t drink caffeine before bedtime.
I’m sure you recognise the validity of these truisms. However, how do you know they’re valid in terms of promoting good health? Simple – you can personally observe the effects of adhering to them (or not):
- If you keep on eating beyond fullness, you’ll eventually feel unwell.
- If you eat too much food, you’ll feel nauseous.
- If you drink too much caffeine before bedtime, the quality of your sleep will suffer.
Understanding the cause and effect of poor eating habits can compel you to avoid taking such actions again. However, I invite you to move a step beyond simply understanding – because the more you appreciate and feel the negative effects of poor eating habits, the more likely you are to avoid them in the future.
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Although I believe that your diet typically has the biggest impact on your weight loss efforts, exercise is a vital piece of the puzzle too.
In short, I’m a big fan of exercise – at least, in terms of how I define it. The notion of exercise merely for the sake of exercise sends a shiver down my spine, and any use of the word “regime” leaves me cold.
However, I used that word deliberately in the title of this post, as I understand that many people feel that developing a “sustainable exercise regime” is an important part of effecting weight loss. And it is. But I invite you to use less imposing words. Rather than imposing a “sustainable exercise regime” on yourself, find forms of exercise you enjoy to the extent that you don’t have to worry whether you do them or not, because you will as a matter of course. In that sense, you will be following a regime – you just won’t be doing it consciously.
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Anyone who works in an office environment will likely be familiar with the temptation of snacks offered by well-meaning colleagues.
This is a rarity for me, thankfully. Although I spend my weekday mornings in a coworking space, most of my ‘colleagues’ tend to be relatively healthy types, and biscuits and other such snacks aren’t typically shared around with abandon.
However, the other day was an exception. I was offered a white chocolate chip cookie, and my response was to accept without hesitation. Far be it from me to turn down free food – especially when it’s in cookie form.
I soon discovered the error of my ways, however. The cookie was overly crunchy for my tastes, and the white chocolate made it sweet to the point of sickliness. (For me, cookies are pretty damned sweet to start with, so a scattering of dark chocolate chips or chopped nuts provides a welcome contrast.) Furthermore, after a few minutes, I developed a bit of a headache as the refined sugar surged through my system.
In short, I soon regretted my decision to accept the cookie offering – not only because I didn’t enjoy it, but also because I hadn’t even thought about saying no.
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Over the past few months I’ve found myself intermittently relying on a highly effective means of ensuring I don’t succumb to temptation when eyeing a particularly appetising snack.
It’s not a strategy I’ve deliberately employed, but it has been no less effective for that fact. Perhaps it can be effective for you too.
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Yesterday evening, having finished a round of golf, I had a hankering for a particular English delicacy known as mixed meat and chips.
There was a slight issue with my plan, however: the portion sizes they serve up at my local chip shop (where one can buy the aforementioned meal) are formidable, and I’d had a rather substantial lunch. Since I have major issues leaving food on my plate when full (a weakness I am yet to overcome), I could predict the potential outcome:
- Buy mixed meat and chips.
- Eat until finished (and somewhat nauseous).
- Suffer from the effects of overeating for the rest of the evening, and likely into the following morning.
My first thought was simply to employ my standard Portion Reduction Method, but that’s not an entirely watertight approach. In other words, the extra food I didn’t load on my plate would still be in the vicinity, which in my case, gives it a pretty decent chance of getting eaten regardless.
Still keen to avoid the seemingly inevitable outcome of eating way beyond what was strictly necessary, I pondered potential alternatives. A highly controversial idea hit me: why not ask for a smaller portion at the chip shop?
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