Have you ever seen someone on the street who looked amazing (body goals in the flesh) and wondered what it takes to look like that, but of course couldn’t go up to a perfect stranger and start digging into their personal life. Who hasn’t, right?
In this series, Camille Hugh, best selling author and fitness blogger, asks random New Yorker’s to go in depth and reveal exactly what they do, eat, and their philosophy to have their enviable figures – and they answer. From their weight, height, how often they eat out, and whether they count calories, no question is off limits.
There’s more than one way to look amazing; get ready for the T from real people on getting and staying slim and fit.
Camille: Hi everyone, I’m camille and today i’m doing another one of our series of what’s your secret. Today I’m in Prospect Park in brooklyn and I found someone hanging out on the grass. What’s your name?
Do you wolf down food as though you were in a professional food eating contest? Did you know that that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to know that you’re full. That means that the faster you eat, the higher the chances you’ll overfeed yourself (because you’ll still think you’re hungry, although you’re not). This means that eating slower can give your brain time to catch up to your tummy and allow you to push the plate away when you should.
Of course, telling you to eat slower is easier said than done when you’re gotten into the habit of shuttling food into your mouth at the speed of light. It takes discipline and practice to master savoring each bite, but I will give you some hacks that ought to help you along. The added benefits is you’ll consume less calories, stop your digestive problems and lose weight. You’ll also be a step close to getting that thigh gap!
1. I generally discourage snacks in favor of full meals, but I realize that some of you haven’t been able to kick the snacking thing yet. Whether you’re eating popcorn, nuts or carrots from out of a bag, you can utilize this tip to help you slow down. Cut the smallest hole possible at the top of the bag so that one mini carrot or two fingers can reach in to grab one piece of popcorn at a time. If you split the bag wide open enough for you to fit your entire fist in there, you’re likely to do that and consume a lot more food per minute.
2. Sometimes you need to make a mental effort to do something until you do it naturally. For example, it is said that people form new habits after doing something for 3 weeks. Therefore, you can mentally count how many chews you take of a food before swallowing it for a few weeks before you’ll naturally start to chew your food longer whenever you eat. 30 to 50 chews is recommended. Make sure you also swallow each bite before taking another.
3. A classic trick for slowing down your eating habits is to cut things up into tiny pieces.The larger the bite, the faster you’re going to finish your food. When you take smaller bites, you can make the meal last longer. If you’re eating food that has to be cut up first – like a piece of meat or chicken – cut it up as you go instead of cutting everything up at the start and then digging in. With the later, it’s just too easy to get it all down quickly. As a matter of fact, anything that requires you to take some sort of action or work to eat is great, as you’ll naturally eat slower (e.g. peeling shrimp, cracking/peeling peanuts)