Yesterday, while eating my lunch at 4pm, I had a bit of an epiphany. Some may call it a brain fart and they may be right but let’s not get caught up in the details. I’ve talked before about knowing how to lose weight, and that it’s not the theory I have trouble with but the practical application.
Contrary to what some psychiatrists think, I also don’t emotional eat. If am feeling emotional I am more likely to not eat, or have my calories in liquid form. I have had issues with food and eating for a long time, and the common theme has always been not the volume of food, but the types and time the consumed. I’m not making excuses, I’m just telling you what my eating habits are.
I have some days where (like yesterday) it will get to 4pm and I won’t have eaten a thing, either through being too busy, being too lazy to make something or just purely not feeling hungry. This means that my body is more than likely in constant starvation mode, it doesn’t know when it’s going to get fed, so it hangs onto every calorie, fat and sugar that I consume. Added in is the fact that my food choices are less than desirable and we have the inevitable weight gain.
That’s where my idea for the Clock Diet comes in. It’s not really a diet, I don’t have a meal plan, or an exercise plan or even any real plan at all. It’s not a quick fix, hell I don’t know what the hell to call it, so I went with diet. I’m not going to go into why you need to eat xyz food and it’s benefits, because frankly, you aren’t stupid. I can bet that 99% of you, like me, already know how to lose weight, you just have trouble with actually putting it into practice.
The only thing you need is an alarm clock. Most phones, even the basic ones have an alarm function, which means that you can take it with you wherever you go. The idea behind the Clock Diet is to set an alarm at regular intervals to remind yourself to eat. We all lead busy lives, with kids, jobs, housework, partners that we sometimes forget about ourselves. It’s so easy to lose track of time, and before you know it, it’s 4pm and you’re having lunch.
My thought is that with regular reminders, and regular meals, I can help to stave off the negative side effects and begin to feel better about myself. The regular, healthy food will also of course have the added bonus of feeding my brain, ensuring that I am able to work at the best of my ability and have more energy to spend with Mr 4.
Are you like me and forget to eat? Do you think setting a reminder at regular intervals to eat would help you to manage your health better?
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