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This is a woman’s unique diet story that is unconventional because she gave up worrying and ate anytime she wanted. Sandra Aamodt gave up dieting, stopped worrying about her weight, and learned to eat mindfully at the turn of the year. She shares her story at a TED event of how she can now eat whenever she’s hungry, and lost 10 pounds in the process which I consider unique. This can serve as part of your weight loss tips if you are looking for techniques on losing weight

Looking at her past, she was one of those who gained back weight several times after losing it and tried different diets over a period of thirty (30) years. Yours may not be as long as hers but you might identify with this and you can sure learn from her. Better still, you can watch a video she gave at a TED event at the end of this post.

A great insight into why people mostly never win when it comes to dieting is that hunger and energy are controlled by the brain subconsciously as she explained in her interesting video. The brain has a set point for weight and goes back to this set point if you go away from it. It can cause you to gain back weight via hunger stimulation. According to her, ‘Dr. Rudy Leibel of Columbia University has found that people who have lost 10 percent of their body weight burn 250 to 400 calories less because their metabolism is suppressed.’ This is so much food meaning that for one to be successful, 250 to 400 less calories must be burnt compared to someone of the same weight category who has always been thin.

She said two classes of people exist who control their weight; those who rely on hunger and those who use willpower like most dieters (to control their eating). She said intuitive eaters are less likely to be overweight and controlled eaters are more liable to overeating. What she meant by intuitive eaters are those who ate when they wanted to. For controlled eaters, small foods eaten can stimulate binge eating. Binge eating is certainly bad if you are dieting and destroys the whole process and leaves you frustrated. She said you can control your health by managing your lifestyle as diets don’t have much reliability as most people gain weight five years after a diet with 40% gaining even more weight.

If you feel dieting is a problem, then the answer she gave is being mindful about it. Examples of being mindful are understanding your body’s signal and eating only when you are hungry and stopping when full to curb binge eating because most weight are gained when full. The best approach might seem eating often even though you are hungry as doctors have not found a better way to prevent weight gain. The best way might be by preventing weight gain in unaffected people rather than promote weight loss in affected people. You might consider this to be part of your weight loss tips, i.e. preventing weight loss by not eating often when you are hungry.

The talk took another twist when she said that it has been found that weight obsession leads to eating disorders, especially in young kids. in her own words, ‘in the U.S., we have 80 percent of 10-year-old girls say they’ve been on a diet.’ I find this to be very interesting, what do you think? Drop your comments in the comment section.

She left with these final thoughts…‘What if we told all those dieting girls that it’s okay to eat when they’re hungry? What if we taught them to work with their appetite instead of fearing it? Think on these final thoughts and see what you learn from it.

Watch the video below to find out more about what she said

Until next post, have a wonderful week and try to exercise. Remember, a fitness plan without a change in diet is futile.

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