The "Slow Down" Diet!

Many people have a problem with their relationship with food. Some overeat, others undereat, and many struggle with their weight despite doing everything right "on paper."

How many people do you know who diet and exercise yet don't lose weight? Why is that? Oftentimes there are secondary complaints that can offer clues.

Marc David, from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating says, "Maybe they have digestive issues. Maybe they have mood, irritability, or fatigue. Maybe they have dry skin and dry hair. Then I look at their diet and find that they're eating extremely low-fat.

Now, why are they eating extremely low-fat? They're [doing it] because they have what I call the 'toxic nutritional belief' that 'fat in food equals fat on my body.' That's a piece of nutritional information that they're practicing, using, and abiding by."

The problem with believing and following this myth is that lack of dietary fat may actually be part of why you can't lose weight. One of the signs of essential fatty acid deficiency is weight gain or inability to lose weight.  We also call this Metabolic Syndrome.

This seems counter intuitive to many but research proves if you're not losing weight even though you've cut out nearly all fat, then perhaps it's time to reassess your belief system.

More often than not, adding healthy fats back into your diet will result in more regular bowel movements, an increased sense of well-being, improved appetite control, and, eventually, weight loss.

Another very big problem today is everyone is always in a rush.  Most people eat too fast, and this too cuts you off from your body's innate intelligence, so slowing down the pace at which you eat is a very important part of reestablishing this natural connection.

If you're a fast eater, you're not paying attention to the food you're eating, and you're missing what scientists call the cephalic phase digestive response (CPDR).

Cephalic phase digestive response is a fancy term for taste, pleasure, aroma, and satisfaction, including the visual stimulus of your meal.  You have probably heard that the brain takes 20 minutes or more to catch up with the stomach!

Another reason to slow down?  STRESS hinders weight loss.  When you put your body in a stress state, you have sympathetic nervous system dominance, increased insulin, increased cortisol, and increased stress hormones.

Not only will this deregulate your appetite, you're also going to eat more, because when your brain doesn't have enough time to sense the taste, aroma, and pleasure from the food, it keeps signaling that hunger has not been satisfied.

So….turn eating into a meditative act; to slow down, and become aware — of your food, and of how your body responds to the food.  We will call this the “slow down diet.”