It’s really very simple! There are only 3 reasons why we are driven to eat:
(1) Genuine hunger
(3) To change how we feel!
Once you understand this you are in a much better position to overcome any issues you have around food. WeightLess will teach you a simple diagnostic to follow each time you feel the desire to eat and once you understand this you can easily follow this logic without the need to calorie count or follow complex regimes that are so onerous that they simply cannot be maintained in the long term.
This premium app contains a number of useful, and easy to use tools which will help you to lose weight naturally, identify unhealthy thought processes that can trigger emotional overeating, beat cravings, track your progress and provide important hints and tips whilst also keeping you motivated along the way with the Wellness Coach feature.
Regaining control over your eating habits is more about knowing yourself better and analysing thought patterns and behaviours that drive you to want to eat when you’re just not hungry! Practice logging your thoughts in the journal each time you recognise you are having a craving and you will soon start to see patterns emerging. Once a craving is identified you will be prompted to the craving buster tool which will help you overcome it using a twist on a tapping technique that has been specially adapted for use on your mobile device.
As a serial dieter I found myself constantly thinking about food apart from when I was actually eating it. I would end up finishing whatever meal or snack was placed in front of me in break-neck speed. This lead to overindulging as I never allowed my body time to realise when I had eaten enough. The Mindful Eating tool will help by slowing down the pace at which you eat your food which will allow you to recognise when it’s time to stop.
Another feature of this app is the Weight Tracker and Body Fat Percentage Monitor. WeightLess allows you to pick your ‘Weigh-In’ day and stick to it, reminders are then scheduled automatically. One thing I learned you should not do is track your body weight from day to day as swings in hydration can lead you to incorrectly believe you have gained weight through fat.
When we do anything without paying attention we are acting 'mindlessly' when we pay attention to the things that we are doing we are acting 'mindfully'. So 'Mindful Eating' is essentially being conscious of the fact that we are eating.
This may sound a little odd at first but when you think about it you may start to realise that there are often times when you have finished a meal and surprised yourself at how fast you managed to clear your plate or worse still someone else has felt the need to comment, which can at times feel embarrassing.
On occasions when we fail to implement Mindful Eating techniques we are unaware of the volume of food consumed and as a result we can sometimes overeat. Practicing simple techniques can help us to recognise such behaviour and cultivate healthier habits which in turn prevent us from compulsive eating.
Mindful Eating can really help when it comes to craving control as if the need for compulsive eating proves too strong the Mindful Eating techniques will help in 'applying the breaks' and help us to regain control of our eating habits. There are of course other habits which we can implement to help us beat cravings but where we are unable to beat cravings in the shorter term Mindful Eating techniques will prove incredibly valuable.