The subject of weight control typically centers on the food we eat—which types of food to avoid, which foods to consume. When people arrive at the Never Diet Again workshop I lead at Mohonk Mountain House, more often than not they have been unsuccessfully dieting for years. They struggle with the sense of deprivation that all diets impose.
In my approach to weight loss, no foods are forbidden. The main requirement is to simply eat mindfully. Slow down and tune into the tastes, textures, and aromas of the food you're enjoying. Realize that YOU are the expert in determining your body's needs.
During my three-day workshop, attendees learn new habits that start at the dining table. We rank our level of hunger at any given moment and become mindful of our internal urges to eat.
Instead of relying on external cues, like the fact that it's "lunchtime" so I must eat now, or the fact that it's a party so I will have a second helping of dessert, I teach my students to focus inward. A simple change in mindset puts them in control of the choices they make.
To try it for yourself, follow these tips: