What are the benefits of eating with awareness?

If you want to lose weight, the key is increasing your awareness. This means not only noticing the fat and calorie content of the foods you eat, but also noticing how much you eat and when. It also means noticing how much -- or little -- you move your body during the day! Once you've identified some of the habits that led to your weight gain, you can substitute healthier habits to help you lose the weight and keep it off.

It's easy to get into the habit of eating on the run, eating just to fill up, and eating for entertainment. It's important, however, to remember the real reason for eating and become mindful about the foods that we put into our bodies.

The real reason for eating is to re-fuel our bodies, both for energy and for sustenance.

If we are trying to re-energize our bodies, then eating on the run is the wrong approach. Taking the time to think out a healthy meal, put it together and eat it will give you the where-with-all to take specific action throughout the day, keep you alert and allow you to be more efficient with your time, and more than make up for the few minutes saved by just grabbing a snack and eating it in the car on your way to work.

Building awareness helps you become more mindful of what you are eating and can make you think twice about what you want to eat before you eat it.

Research shows that people who are successful at maintaining their weight losses developed the habit of regularly monitoring what they ate, which helped build awareness of what they were eating.

Weight Watchers is all about building awareness -- awareness of the foods that keep you full and awareness of your hunger signals.

Weight Watchers can help you lose weight and keep it off.
Ruth Frechman
Nutrition & Dietetics

Eating with awareness will help you enjoy the flavor of foods, and it should allow you to eat less. Many times people eat because of their emotions. Life is full of stress. Many people use food as a way to cope, to forget, or to reward themselves. Food doesn't solve problems. Too much food will add excess pounds. Be aware of every bite. Learn to stop eating, when you feel just satisfied, not stuffed.

Heather R. Mangieri
Nutrition & Dietetics

Eating with awareness helps us to eat the right amount of food, avoid overeating and helps us to identify how certain foods make us feel. When we listen to what our body is telling us we can learn a lot. We should eat when we are hungry and stop when we are full. This awareness of hunger and satiety is important to maintain a healthy body weight and helpful to lose weight. Understanding how food makes us feel helps us to make better choices and feel good about our lifestyle.

Eating with awareness will help your body get the right balance of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. In return, you will feel your best and have plenty of energy on a regular basis. This will help you handle stress better and prevent or control many health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. 

The benefits of eating with awareness will maximize fitness levels, and help to maintain and stabilize a healthy body weight.

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