Imagination and Weight Loss? — I can’t go along with recent news

Maybe you like me were rather astounded to hear about recent research from Carnegie Mellon that imagining food in detail reduces your intake? Allegedly the mental act of eating reduces your interest in eating. That the ladies on the tv talk show “The View” were excitedly talking about it today, tends to prove my continuing point that this society is way too ready to look for and eagerly accept quick fixes, than do the bit of homework it takes to be successful in weight loss or figure reshaping.

I’m inclined to go along with most who think that imagining delicious food in detail raises more, not less, desire to eat. That’s a belief in ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Prevention magazine’s supplement “101 tips to banish belly fat” reports that Dr. Ronettte Kolotkin, a clinical psychologist, has an agreement with her hubby that he should keep sweets hidden from her. I agree! I adore candy corn found only at Halloween, so my partner purchases several bags when they are on the market, but hides them. One by one over the next few months, they come out of hiding and appear on top of my fridge where we keep our treats — if my weight stays down, and I need a reward. It’s a fantastic surprise for me.  Thus, I find it much better advice to clean one’s refrigerator and pantry to remove tempting objects (or push them to the back where they are not so easily seen and remembered) than to allow them to be seen, and hunger pangs to arise from the reminder.

I’d prefer to recommend Brian Wansink, a Cornell University professor’s book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. http://www.amazon.com/review/R22FCOWZVIK82A/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R22FCOWZVIK82A

One reviewer of the book on Amazon says: “Dr. Wansink is a food psychologist who specializes in the investigation of the mental and emotional factors that cause us to eat. This book demonstrates that we can lose weight, simply by being more mindful of our eating habits. (It’s one reason I require my waist training students to record every drop and bite during the first two weeks of training). It contains interesting and humorous case studies that highlight those mindless activities that add 200 or 300 calories to our diet each day and which can add up to 20 or 30 excess pounds in the course of a year.
The author provides practical suggestions at the end of each chapter that will help you to make the simple changes that will allow you to lose 2 or 3 pounds per month without resorting to conventional diet techniques that are doomed to failure. Although this book is based upon scientific research and extensively end-noted, it is enjoyable to read, easy to understand and quite funny at times. This book is a great value for the money and the five or six hours that it will take to read it.”

I also like Barbara Roll’s idea of incorporating more water into foods we eat, concentrating on maintaining the weight but not the calories, a concept in the book “The Voumetrics Weight-Control Plan: Feel Full on Fewer Calories. One customer reviewer said: “I mix the water well into the food (e.g., soups, smoothies, etc) then my stomach will attribute the water in the food to the weight it is looking for to determine if I should be satiated or not.”

What do you think?

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