One thing that I have learned in the first half of this year is that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. Remember when you were a teenager? You just needed to go on a crash diet, and you’d lose some weight just like that! It was probably due to a higher metabolism rate, plus the fact that you were engaged in so many physical activities. As a “pencil pusher,” physical activities seem to be set aside. You’d have to make an extra effort to burn calories by going to the gym – something which a lot of people have no time for.
But have you heard of the Pistachio Principle? By all accounts, this dieting principle should help you lose weight effectively, consistently, and for the long term. The basic premise behind this principle is that people should consume fewer calories without depriving themselves AND still feel full and satisfied after a meal.
How is this possible?
I am sure you have heard of the fact that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. With that in mind, you should eat for at least 20 minutes and relish your food. Eating slowly will help you consume less amounts of food. Nothing new, right?
More than this, the Pistachio Principle also suggests eating food that takes a little more effort. For example, instead of easy to eat cut up boneless chicken breasts, why not try whole chicken breasts with bones? This will entail having to pick the meat out, thereby making you slow down. What I realized here is that fast food (both because of the physical nature and the nutritional content) should be taken out of the equation as much as possible.
So what do you think? Will the Pistachio Principle work?