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The Hunger-O-Meter

Nov 12, 2010

In my last post (read it if you haven't!), I talked about slowing down when eating as a way to promote weight loss, increase nutrient absorption and promote greater enjoyment of food.

Today I'm going to introduce the Hunger Scale, which is a very powerful tool for discovering one of the most important signals your body gives you: hunger.

The image below is a perfect example of this Hunger Scale. Other examples can be found, but this one is as good as any I've seen.

Here's how to use the hunger scale:

1. Print out the Hunger-Scale.

2. Before eating breakfast, look at the scale and determine what number you are. Make a note of that number.

3. Eat your meal (SLOWLY!). After your meal, wait 20 minutes (do not eat anything in this 20 minute span). Look at the Hunger Scale again and note where you rank now.

4. Do this for every meal for 1 week.

Sound like a pain in the butt? Maybe, but if after one week you don't feel more in tune with your body's signals, I'll be very surprised.

This new level of body/stomach awareness should prove to be very helpful in keeping your nutritional goals far more manageable.

Give it one week and let me know how it goes.

Leo Desforges- FT Newtonville


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