Stay Well Secret: Eat Until You're Satisfied -- Not Stuffed
“Naturally slim women tend to be really in tune with their bodies,” explains Cynthia Sass, registered dietitian in New York City and author of the book, Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches “so when they eat, they honor their body’s natural signal of fullness and put their fork down, because it doesn’t feel good to be overly full.” Unfortunately, she adds, many of us are so used to dieting that we’ve lost touch with that internal cue -- and ignoring it can lead to overeating. To better tap into this power, eat more slowly, savor your food, minimize distractions (turn off the tube) and stop munching when your level of fullness is a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 (this number being uncomfortably stuffed to the gills.) The reason: By the time your brain gets the message that you’re satisfied that number will have gone up a few, since it takes about 15 minutes for your stomach to relay the “I’m full” message to your noggin.