As many of you know, I have started a new and exciting project on the PCOS Personal Trainer. About two weeks ago, five courageous women volunteered to join The PCOS Fit Revolution. Over the next eight weeks, the six of us (me and the five members of the Revolution) are going to use nutrition, exercise, mindset and lifestyle management as a way of overcoming PCOS. Plus, we are going to share this journey with the PCOS Personal Trainer online community.
We have made it through our first two weeks together, and it has been an incredible experience. This group of strangers has becomes a tight-knit and supportive community. Collectively, the Revolution has lost 17 pounds in two weeks, started working out nearly every day, and adopted several healthy lifestyle habits.
How to eat less without making yourself miserable.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, you will probably have to learn to eat less food.
I know how you feel… that notion used to strike terror into my heart! My head would start swirling with memories of starvation diets, constant calorie tracking, and rigid meal plans.
Oh no, not this again. Is it even worth it?
I want to offer you an alternative. You can learn to eat less without making yourself miserable. In fact, there are several simple strategies that you can use to eat less while enjoying food more.
But you do not have to take my word for it! Today we are going to talk with Sheri, one of our PCOS Fit Revolution members, about how she started eating less without dieting.
How undistracted eating helped Sheri lose 3 pounds and 2 inches off her waist.
Sheri’s Tips for Undistracted Eating
- Just try it for two weeks. It can be intimidating to commit to something indefinitely, but if you try undistracted eating for two weeks, you will not want to give it up. It grows on you quickly.
- Leave your phone in another room. It can be hard to resist the temptation of a Facebook alert from your phone. Just leave it in another room so you can focus on eating for a few minutes.
- If you are interrupted during your meal – don’t sweat it! Simply stop eating, attend to the matter at hand, and return to your meal once the distraction is eliminated.
- Use your nice dishes. It is more fun to eat off a beautiful place setting. Treat yourself by busting out the fine china 🙂
Erika’s Pro Tips for Undistracted Eating.
- Eat off a plate or a bowl, not a bag or a box. No matter what you are eating, make sure you can see it. Eating food you can’t see will make it difficult for your brain to process how much you are really eating.
- Seek out distraction-free eating environments. If you are at home, eat at the kitchen table. If there is a television or another distracting electronic device in the kitchen, remove it or unplug it. If you are at work, leave your desk when it is time to eat. Your workspace is bound to be very distracting, so it is critical that you find an alternative place to eat. Head to a break room, a park bench or bring a picnic blanket to work.
- Reserve time in your schedule to eat. Go ahead and add lunch to your work calendar so that meetings and other responsibilities don’t invade your meal time.
- If your day is truly busy, just set aside 10 minutes to drink a healthy super shake. 10 minutes of undistracted eating is better than an hour of distracted overeating!