Adventures in Books… Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

I am on a huge roll with reading right now 🙂

This has been on my list for a while and I cannot remember where I first heard about it, but I’m glad I finally got round to reading it.

It highlighted how easy it is to mindlessly over eat, but also said it could work the other way to be able to mindlessly under eat and save about 100-200 kcal without noticing.

It follows a long the lines of other books I have read on mindful eating, but this came at it from another angle.

It is all about making small 100 kcal changes every day and over the course of a few months or a year your would lose weight without trying.

I like the idea, but I’m not sure. I have a huge tendency to eat mindlessly and it takes a lot of effort to break those habits. It is often too easy to slip back into them because you don’t have to think. Whereas to replace a habit takes a lot of effort and I wouldn’t call it mindless effort.

I do agree that this is a better way than going on a diet that cuts things out completely, but for most people they want to see the number on the scale drop at a nice pace. It has taken me a long time to realise that losing half a pound in a week is fantastic, but for a lot of people that wouldn’t cut it. It was that was for me and it caused me a lot of pain. I would beat myself up if I lost less than 2lbs in a week!

I really enjoyed the science behind the mindless eating studies and recognised the traps I fall into. Even when I thought I didn’t after reading this book I definitely do. Habits can be our best friend or worst enemy.

For me I need to know how much I eat. I need to track my food otherwise I forget what I’ve had. I then under estimate calories and gain weight. For me counting calories is simple. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I could reel off exactly what is in each food I eat, but I can ball park my everyday foods in order to meal plan, then track to ensure I don’t go over.

I did really like the “re-engineering techniques” talked about in the book. I think these little changes could help me a lot to eat better.

I have realised that a lot of my habits are because I am living at home and even though I try very hard I slip into the child and want things I know I don’t need – like cake and chocolate – just because it’s not in the house and my parents would frown. I think I’ll be more relax when I have a place of my own, but I am going to continue making small changes.

A good quote in from the book is also true:

“The Best Diet Is The One You Don’t Know You’re On.”

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