Fitness Friday: Mind Over Munchies
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Tempted to dive head first into your plate when stress hits the fan?
Try this: Visualize your negative thoughts riding by on a conveyor belt. Label each one “5-K tomorrow” or “First Date Jitters!”, then imagine it chugging off into oblivion. Research subjects at Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education say this method of chunking has helped them avoid emotional eating.
Did you also know that if you eat slowly, you’ll probably eat less? This the finding from a recent report from The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. People who lingered over ice cream for 30 minutes produced more of two hormones that signal fullness than those who ate the same amount in 5 minutes.
“Eating slowly lets food interact longer with the intestinal cells that produce these hormones,” says lead study author Alexander Kokkinos, M.D., Ph.D. Put the brakes on speed eating by avoiding dining distractions (like the T.V.) and focusing on food.
So just remember, it’s all a matter of mind over munchies. Put your mind to it, you can do it!
Be Happy, Be Healthy!
Posted on March 2, 2012, in Fitness and tagged 2012, Biggest Loser Challenge, body, burn, calories, diet, exercise, fat, fitness, Fitness Friday, food, fruits, mind, munchies, protein, vegetables. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.