And last but not least…
Step 4 – “When You Are Full, Stop EATING!”
Paul McKenna states that many of us belong to the “clean plate club” in which our parents ‘guilted’ us into cleaning every morsel of food off our plate because there are starving children in china – a piece of logic that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Additionally, we have been conditioned to experience fullness as a ‘stuffed’ feeling where we can’t possible eat another bite.
McKenna recommends that if we eat slowly and consciously, we will be more attuned to the actual full signal which is much more subtle than we think. And if you don’t know, just guess. Besides, if you are hungry, you can eat again later anyway.
Great! For some people, I tell them to eat to 80% of full, because they have become so conditioned to the idea of full being “I cannot stick one more square inch of food into my stomach” type feeling. Full is much, much less than that.
It takes about 20 minutes for the full signal to make it from your stomach to your brain, so if you are cramming food down your yap faster than Jughead at a burger king, then you won’t get the message until it’s too late.
And for goodness sakes, just because you have food left on your plate doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Once it’s cooked, it’s wasted and you having an extra pound on your rear end isn’t going to make life any more pleasurable for starving children overseas.