Let me start off by saying there's nothing wrong with keg stands. If you goal is to get wasted as fast as possible, then keg stands, case races, drinking games, or a 'Tour de Franzia' all make a lot of sense. It's goal specific — get as much alcohol in yourself as fast as possible.
Contrast that with wine tasting — where the goal is to taste the wine, savor the flavor, to be there and enjoy it.
Eating Your Keg Stand?
It doesn't make sense to eat like a keg stand. The goal a meal is not to get as much food in as fast as possible.
In fact, that's actually the least enjoyable way to eat.
Imagine you got an amazing gourmet meal by your favorite celebrity chef. Would you really wolf it down in 10 minutes flat? Would you really shovel one bite in right after the next and never stop to really taste it?
If you're eating gourmet food, is it really about quantity? Would you slam delicately prepared and beautiful food until stuffed?
If You're A Foodie, Eat Like You're Wine Tasting
If you get a great filet mignon, you treat each bite like the delicacy that it is. You deliberately slow down and be with it, because you don't want it to end! You want to get every bite, to savor it, to be there, to really enjoy it.
If you like food, that's actually your best access to enjoying it. To eat it slowly, mindfully, and celebrate each bite.
Whatever you eat, BE THERE.
Works for Free Meals, Works for On-plan Meals
If you're having a delicious "Free Meal", you should really be there for it. Enjoy every bite. Eat slowly. Appreciate the delicacy of layered ingredients. Celebrate the poetry of flavors.
And if you're eating a meal that's "On-plan", you should really be there for it. Enjoy every bite. Eat slowly. Appreciate the delicacy of layered ingredients. Celebrate the poetry of flavors. It's the same deal.
And if your "On-plan" meals don't taste good, try adding seasoning. And sauces. And flavor. Buy cookbooks. Ask your friends. Take a cooking class. Making food taste good is an essential skill to both hitting your fat loss goals, and general life enjoyment.
Valerie Waters said it really well in the forward to Fat Loss Happens on Monday:
"We need to feed ourselves in a way that's nourishing on every level:
• Nourishing in that we get the nutrients we need
• Nourishing in that we like it
• Nourishing in that it feeds our goals and who we said we wanted to be"
Mindfulness, Eating Slowly, Enjoyment
In the last Fat Loss Happens on Monday Coaching Group, one of the most universally reported results of eating slower and more mindfully was that people enjoyed their food more.
It's cool, because ultimately these are all "tricks" for helping people meet their fat loss goals. Everyone eats less when they eat slower. Everyone eats less when they are more mindful and more aware of what they're eating.
The fat that it works so well for both — results and enjoyment — it's almost magic.
by Josh Hillis
author of Fat Loss Happens on Monday
*Picture of keg stand from wikimedia commons – author grants permission to use photo for any use.
**All other pictures licensed from Bigstockphoto.