Written by Dr. Ed Marshall – http://DredMarshall.com
I’m not gaining any weight this holiday season, and I’m eating whatever I want.
Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day of my life. You can too.
I’m munching a few Lay’s potato chips as I write this blog, shortly after 11AM.
I already had oatmeal, blueberries, and cheese for breakfast.
It’s not a secret, but it is a big deal. So how can you possibly not try to copy me?
All I’m doing is copying what all those naturally slim folks do every day of their lives.
They never diet or gain weight.
On Thanksgiving I had pumpkin pie, red velvet cake, two kinds of ice cream, turkey,
gravy, stuffing, cranberries, brisket, pistachio nuts, guacamole and tostada chips,
peanut butter filled pretzels, Fritos chips, and on and on, and didn’t gain an ounce.
I used to have a weight problem when I ate for reasons other than body hunger, such
as stress and boredom. Now I only eat what it takes to get rid of true body hunger,
and maybe just a bit more if the item is very special. OK, I still make a mistake now
and then and eat for stress or boredom, but not nearly like I did when I was 25 pounds
But I always eat exactly what I’m in the mood for, regardless of calorie counts, or how
“fattening” the item is, unless I can’t get it and have to eat something else because of
hunger. Being a picky eater really helps. If the taste isn’t what you expect, if it’s not that
good, why take a second bite, unless you’ll be starving otherwise.
For the holidays it’s more important than ever to follow this rule: Never put off eating
when you’re can feel your body hunger. Many overweight people purposely starve
themselves before going out to dinner or to a holiday party, or to a wedding where
dinner will be served. Why? They believe it will help them not to gain weight at the
feast, if they haven’t eaten most of that day. Wrong!!! If you go to a feast occasion
totally hungry and starving, how can you expect to eat just the amount you really need
for normal hunger? No way.
In fact, just the opposite is true. If I’m hungry before I leave the house to go out to dinner
or to any other feast, I make it a point to eat something I’d really enjoy before I go. That
way I’m eating for body hunger like I always should, and I won’t be miserably hungry in
case dinner isn’t served really soon after I get where I’m going. Sometimes, because I
ate right before the dinner or party, I can hardly eat at that dinner or party. What’s wrong
with that? I ate when I was hungry, and not when I wasn’t. That works for weight.
Guess what? For 95% of the population with a weight problem, nothing else works long
term. Dieting is disaster territory. At best your weight will go up and down like a yo-yo.
The only exception is that if you’re addicted to sugary and starchy carbs, it does help to
go on an Atkins type of very low carb diet for just four days to get rid of sugar cravings
caused by wildly rising and falling blood sugars. Of course, diabetics need to stir away
from sugars and starches as much as possible. Type 2 diabetes will virtually disappear
for those who are overweight if they stay off most sugar and starch, and if they lose the
Happy holidays! You can eat whatever you’re in the mood for, regardless of how “fattening”
the food is reputed to be, as long as you follow the two rules… Eat only for body hunger
until the hunger is no longer pushing you to eat, and be very, very picky about each bite.
Thanks for your attention to this blog,