I love this comment from Sandra Aamodt, given at a TED talk recently “As my New Year’s resolution, I gave up dieting, stopped worrying about my weight, and learned to eat mindfully. Now I eat whenever I’m hungry, and I’ve lost 10 pounds.”
She said she east MINDFULLY. Mindful eating: learning to understand your body’s signals so that you eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. A lot of weight gain boils down to eating when you’re not hungry!
As a neuroscientist, she wondered, why dieting was hard to keep the weights off.
As we all know, how much you weigh depends on how much you eat and how much energy you burn.
However, what most people don’t realize is that hunger and energy use are controlled by the brain, mostly without your awareness, says Sandra. Your brain does a lot of its work behind the scenes, because your conscious mind is easily distracted.
Your brain also has its own sense of what you should weigh, no matter what you consciously believe. This is called your set point, but that’s a misleading term, because it’s actually a range of about 5 or 10 KG’s. You can use lifestyle choices to move your weight up and down within that range, but it’s much, much harder to stay outside of it.
I related to this, because I weighed 70Kg for over 15 years, yet my body size varied from a size 8 to 16 … How can this be I used to ask, friends didn’t believe me ..
Interestingly, I’ve now lost those 8KG, and I’m back to my OLD normal. I know my Brain, as well as food control and exercise helped.
Read Sarahs’ transcript here: