• #SelfCoaching - Egg timing your weight loss
    On November 4, 2018

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    If you're prone to overeating and often feel your eyes are bigger than your stomach, here's a tip that could help. It's important to understand that hunger is determined by your brain, not your stomach. It takes about 15 minutes for the digestive chemicals to signal your brain that you've, in fact, had enough to eat. If these digestive chemicals responsible for communicating with your brain have not had a chance to register, you may not know that you've had enough to eat. If you're a fast eater and typically wolf down your food or grab for that second portion before food in your stomach has a chance to reach your small intestine, your brain won't know you're full. If you're still "feeling" hungry and enjoying dopamine's continued pleasurable high, you may be determined to prolong the satisfaction as long as you can, one more bite at a time. "Seconds anyone?" If this sounds like you, try this experiment: 

    Place an egg timer in front of you at your next meal. Decide ahead of time what your healthy, realistic, portions ought to be. Set the timer to fifteen minutes (you may have to experiment with this number). As you eat, slowly chew each bite. Your goal, once you've cleared your plate is not to eat one extra bite until the timer goes off. Keep in mind that since you know you're going to have to tough it out for 10-15 minutes after your first bite, you're much more inclined to eat slowly so as not to have to sit there waiting for the bell to go off. I can tell you from personal experience, if you do this, in all probability, when the timer does go off you will realize you're not hungry! You will be absolutely amazed to realize that the ravenous feelings you had just a few minutes earlier, no longer exist--you really are full (or at least satisfied)! Once you become convinced, you won't need an egg timer, you'll simply reject the false, compulsive hunger

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