When Brad Roemer was younger, kids would have three meals and maybe an afternoon snack. Seems today kids just graze their way through the day and are always complaining they are hungry. This despite the fact that kids in the 70s and 80s were much more physically active. Kids today can operate a smartphone nearly before they can walk. This leads to childhood obesity and consequently adult obesity as well. How can we avoid this? What steps can we take? Below is a list of things you and your family can do to battle the bulge.
Tips and Tricks
Most likely in the last hour or two, you have thought about eating. If you haven’t then you are now. Before you crack open that box of cookies, follow these steps to prevent over-eating.
1. Ask yourself if you are hungry – Is this really what you need to be doing? When was the last time you ate? Keep in mind, Brad Roemer suggests you eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day to avoid ever being hungry. In addition, this keeps your metabolism going and avoids your body from going into starvation mode. Much the same way when you are thirsty, your body has already entered dehydration mode.
2. Sit down to eat – Go to any major city in the world and you will find businessmen and businesswomen walking the streets eating. If you don’t take the time to sit down to eat, your mind does not recognize you did. Your brain is a marvelous thing, but even it has its limitations. Much in the same way you need to have quite when you are taking a test, reading a book, or trying to locate an address, your mind likes to focus on one thing at a time.
3. Take your time – In addition to the above point, take your time when you are eating. In many cultures, meals take hours to complete. This is because they are experiencing their food. The take the time to enjoy the taste, the texture, and the aroma. How often have you eaten something and a few minutes later reached back to your plate to have some more only to realize it is gone? To take the time to chew the food and really taste it!
4. Don’t eat at your desk – In conjunction with the “sit down to eat” you want to do it in a place where you are not going to be tempted work through your lunch. Again, your brain can do many things at once, but it can be forgetful when it comes to eating.
5. Finish on a high – Brad Roemer will often start his meal with the thing on the plate he likes the least. This is not to say he does not like it, it simply means he likes it less than the other things on his plate. We often remember the high points of our day and try to forget the low points. So, make your meal something you will remember.
Cleaning the Plate
There you have it, some very easy tips and tricks from Brad Roemer on how to battle the belly flap. Sometimes we just need a fresh perspective on a problem, explained in simple to understand terms and it will just click. Hopefully, you implement at least one of these tips today.