Chew on this crazy new diet advice
Sometimes, I just can't believe the nonsense I read.
A new report in The Washington Post, of all places, claims that your diet isn't about WHAT you eat.
It's about HOW you eat it and how you FEEL about your food.
Now I understand where the "fake news" label comes from!
This bit of nutty business comes from several strange reports on the concept of "mindfulness," or the notion that some level of thoughtfulness about what and how you eat can directly influence your weight loss.
I'm not going to dismiss the notion of putting a little thought into your food.
And I'd love it if "mindfulness" meant that they were calling on people to say grace before their meals.
But you know that's not what they're talking about.
It's just the usual New Age mumbo-jumbo that the mainstream just loves to prattle on and on about. The Washington Post even claims that studies show that this "mindfulness" -- including meditation -- can help dieters lose weight and keep the pounds off.
Think that's bad?
Wait... it gets worse!
Just when you think that the report couldn't get any more ridiculous, it praises the concept of "slow chewing."
That's when slower eating supposedly helps you lose weight.
The newspaper even cited a study that claims fast chewers who slow down can cut their risk of obesity by 42 percent.
Sounds good, right?
Here's what it didn't mention: In order to make that claim, the study had to come up with a completely NEW definition of obesity!
This wasn't just a minor change, either. Researchers behind the study shifted the BMI for obesity from 30 all the way down to 25, a difference of between 25 and 40 pounds depending on your height.
That means they must've started out with folks who have a BMI even less than that -- people who are already very slender and not as prone to weight gain in the first place.
You can't take a study like that seriously.
Yet The Washington Post sure did.
Here's the real deal: You absolutely SHOULD put some thought into your food, and nearly all of us could slow down a little (in everything, not just food).
But if you want to lose weight... if you want to drop the pounds and keep them off... the answer isn't in "mindfulness" or "slow chewing."
Switch to the varied and delicious Mediterranean lifestyle, which is modified to eliminate grains (even whole grains). Make that switch today, and you'll lose weight without having to worry about your chewing speed.
And it never hurts to say grace.
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