Eating Situations

Many times, questions arise concerning the way to handle specific eating situations when you are trying to lose weight. The wonderful truth about losing weight the Weigh Down way is that there are no special food rules to follow that include weighing, measuring, counting, or restricting food selections. All foods are to be enjoyed with thanksgiving between the boundaries of hunger and fullness. The only rule is to get your heart right with God—the body will follow. Listed here are some typical eating occasions and how to handle them within the boundaries of hunger and fullness: 

  • It is lunch hour and you are not hungry. Don’t eat. Your body is not calling for food, and if you do eat, it will only be added to what needs to be burned (your stored fat). If you get hungry before the next meal, you can eat a small snack of some kind to satisfy your hunger until mealtime—or you can choose to make that your mealtime.

  • You are about to starve, and mealtime is still an hour away. Don’t panic. Just drink an ounce or two of juice or eat something very small. This will satisfy your hunger enough to allow you to make it to mealtime. And even if you aren’t able to eat a snack, just remember that this hunger won’t kill you. In fact, the gnawing sensation will usually go away after a few minutes and won’t come around again for a while, maybe an hour. Just don’t use the premature hunger as an excuse to eat two meals!

  • You have only ten minutes to eat. Then eat in ten minutes. The Weigh Down Workshop recommends that you learn to slow down your eating for two reasons. First, you will be able to taste each bite instead of inhaling it. You can savor the quality instead of quantity. Second, you remain in much better control and can detect fullness better when you eat more slowly. The body processes food more slowly than the mouth chews it and swallows it. Therefore, it is important to eat slowly enough that your brain can signal your mouth that your stomach is full! However, once you have adjusted to the smaller amounts that your body is calling for, it is much easier to stop at a certain quantity, even if it has to be consumed in a short period of time. You must use all of these suggestions with the good judgment that God gave you and your body.

  • You hate breakfast and love midnight snacks. No problem—as long as you are responding to hunger and fullness. You could be a p.m. Person who loves to sleep late and stay up late. These people usually start their day without hunger and prefer most of their food later in the day. Eating late at night is not wrong as long as you are hungry. And it stands to reason that if you eat late, you will probably not wake up hungry. The reverse is the a.m. Person who rises early, ready to eat. These people often prefer heavier food early in the day, dwindling to lighter and less food at night. Either one is okay as long as you are using your hunger/fullness mechanism as your signal to eat.

  • You are satisfied, but there is still food on your plate. If you are at home, you can cover it and save it for later, or you can throw it away! If you are eating in a restaurant, you can leave it on your plate, or you can ask for a carryout and take it home. We have the misconception that it is wrong to leave food on the plate, but that is a myth perpetuated by some parents. The problem is greed—whether it is helping yourself to too much or eating too much. If you serve yourself and later realize that your eyes were bigger than your stomach, learn to serve yourself smaller portions. If someone else prepares your plate, whether it is at home or in a restaurant, he has no idea how much you are hungry for and may bring you too much. You don’t have to eat food just because it is there. Eat until you are satisfied, and either save or dispose of the rest. It’s simple.