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SLD: habitual eating and ignoring body signals.
blaisepascal
skitten commented in a previous entry that she felt I was doing it wrong, effectively substituting my glass of oil for breakfast. I should, in her opinion, still eat breakfast (an hour after having my glass of oil). I disagreed. I do feel my disagreement covers an important point which is well-worth discussing/mentioning, not just burying in a comment. My disagreement was based on my eating habits:

I feel that some of my problem is habitual eating. I eat sometimes when I'm supposed to be eating, regardless of my hunger level. I eat quantities of food that are unrelated to how hungry or satiated I feel. I eat to have something to do, relieving boredom regardless of actual hunger level.

What I need to do for this diet to work is to start listening to my body. When I'm not hungry, don't eat. When I'm satiated, stop eating. When I am hungry, consider eating.

The only rules that really apply here are (a) I should listen to my body (good advice in any case), and (b) I should eat a bunch of flavorless calories well away from other flavors so I don't associate the calories with the flavors.

Insisting that I eat breakfast regardless of actual hunger level doesn't play well with that. I should eat breakfast when I'm hungry at breakfast time.

I realized this for certain when I was running late one morning earlier this week and planned on grabbing a sandwich at the local sandwich shop on my way to work. Once I was in the car, I went on "autopilot" and forgot to get breakfast. I didn't notice until it was nearly lunchtime and my realization was not only did I skip breakfast (unintentionally), but I hadn't been hungry and still wasn't very hungry. But I would have eaten food anyway, because I was supposed to have breakfast, if I hadn't forgotten. That kinda defeats the purpose, in my mind.

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my opinion is based on the fact that you seem to unchanged in your eating habit, your sugar levels haven't fixed & you seem to be gaining weight.....I'm of the opinion that if you and I actually found the time to plan meals & exhibit portion-control behavior you may be more successful. You haven't convinced me that this diet attempt has helped at all.... also, your meal times seem random & difficult to plan....

I have to agree with skitten here. The evidence I've seen (my wife and I need to get back on the Atkins Diet or a variant thereof) seems to say that if you have irregular eating times, you are less likely to lose weight, because your metabolism is reacting from a "store food NOW since this is a lean time!" sort of attitude, because there is no set rhythm to your eating. If you eat regularly and practice portion control, you are far more likely to lose weight. In fact, the most successful ones seem to involve SIX meals a day - all small meals, but six nonetheless. It trains your body to expect that there will always be some sort of fuel there, so it stops working so hard to store for the lean times. By only eating when you feel like it, you're actually forcing your body to store more fat for the lean time it thinks you're in. Basically, the way you described above it telling your body that this is a famine time.

You do need to listen to your body-- but that doesn't mean you have to believe everything that it says. I can go for a long time without eating, then crave large amounts of processed foods. Does that mean that's what I need? No. Will giving in to that desire cause me to lose weight? No.

I don't know what the oil thing is-- if you posted about it here I must have missed it-- but I think maybe trying to eat more healthy food at regular times would probably work better-- it does for me.

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