OK, so your mind is lightning fast, usually. Especially when it comes to things like:
2×4 = ?
Name a Kardashian sister:
But sometimes your brain is slooow – like when it comes to telling if you’re full.
But don’t worry, it isn’t just you.
It takes the typical person’s brain about 20 minutes to register feelings of fullness. It just takes a while for your brain to catch on to hormone messages from your stomach that, “Hey! I’ve had enough food already! No need to keep eating!”
So what’s the big deal? A lot of us just keep mindlessly eating well after we’ve had enough to fill our bellies and meet our energy needs. Why’s that problematic? Those extra calories can lead to unhealthy weight gain.
It can be especially hard to keep yourself from second helpings if you’ve let yourself get totally ravenous before sitting down to eat. (Enter the benefits of eating five small meals, spread throughout your a day).
Think you could be mindlessly going for seconds? Whether you’re trying to cut the last stubborn five pounds or maintain a healthy weight, try this the next time you eat:
Serve yourself. Eat just one serving or helping. Want seconds? Wait a minute! Actually, wait about five minutes. Stop and think before you pick up that serving spoon.
You could: Drink some water. Start telling a cool story about your day to your tablemates. Get up and clean the kitchen. Basically, give your mind some time to catch up to your stomach.
Want other tips to slow down and practice “mindful eating?” Check out these tips from WebMD blogging Doc, Pamela Peeke. What’s your fave “mindful eating” strategy?