>Getting Stuck, those last 10 pounds

>How to get the last few pounds of weight off for good!

If you are a dedicated weight reduction and wellness person like I am, you probably get stuck on those last few pounds that you want to lose, or you may have a hard time maintaining your weight for extended periods of time. Research has found that most people who keep the weight off for at least 5 years have a better chance of staying thin!
So where to begin?
First recognize the emotional experience of eating. If you are stressed out all the time, it may be difficult to keep weight off.
There are many authors who talk about this “stress eating” which can make the best attempts at trying to lose or maintain weight a problem.
The solution may be to practice! Practicing mindful or intuitive eating can bring a fresh start to your attempts at keeping the weight off. The goal of being mindful is to chew your food slowly, taking small bites of food, smelling and tasting, looking at the textures and exploring more. Colorful, smaller plates can also help with the whole experience of eating.
Becoming intuitive can help with self-awareness and binge control. You can begin to look at food differently, studying it, looking at the colors and textures, and then chewing slowly. This makes the meal more pleasurable.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the developer of a stress clinic describes mindful eating as a step toward controlling stressful moments. A person can become more mindful of eating through eating in silence and slowing down the hand-to-mouth movements in order to watch the entire process of eating.
Another aspect of mindfulness is knowing when the body has had enough to eat, and it is telling you to stop. Time to stopĀ  means that a person in mindful of what the body needs.

Taken in part from: Kabat-Zinn. (1990) Full Catastrophic Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. New York, NY. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing

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