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A Day’s Worth of Food at a Glance

One of the problems of weight loss is that one fears not getting enough. Possibly this is due to a primal urge rooted in the unconscious psyche from early ancestors who had to endure long periods without a meal.

But most of us do not have this problem unless we have experienced the severe economic difficulty of not getting a paycheck or an unemployment check. If this has happened more than once we may have developed a bit of a starvation fear. The embarrassing thing about this is that we really may find ourselves eating far more than everyone else present.

Hopefully situations like these are far and few between. Nevertheless, just a few may have a lasting effect on some of us. They may actually be responsible for us not being able to return to a more normal set of eating patterns once the economic stuation is corrected.

The three meals per day from the four food groups plan is what most would consider to be normal. These are individual meals spaced appropriately throughout the day to maintain energy levels and facilitate tissue repair. Most of us know that we need these and do not ask many questions about them unless they become interrupted. Then, the question of when do we eat dinner may become all too predominant..

Whatever the actual reason, some of us are driven to overeat because of we unconsciously fear not getting enough. It should be easy to see how this can reek havoc on a weight loss diet.

If this sounds like something you are experiencing, you might want to consider placing ate entire day’s allotment of food on the kitchen counter before leaving the house in the morning. This should be a quantity which you know is enough for you for the entire day. Granted, one may think that he or she ought to get a dietitian’s approval on this decision, but some reading and a lot of thinking can really go quite far to making this an daily self-recommendation. To counter the starvation fear phenomenon, one only needs to see a whole day’s allotment of food right in front of him. He or she can then divide it up in smaller meal quantities, thereby staving off the deprivation urges.

This is much like what is done for Olympic athletes, who never question whether there will be enough or when the next meal will be forthcoming. The same can work for the average person, insuring that he gets no what is needed for energy and for tissue repair, but no more than what is needed. For one who has starvation fears, this can be the secret to staying on a truly effective fitness and weight loss life style.

Mark Clemens PhotoAbout Author
Obese 45 years ago;state champion power lifter 30 years ago;able to do more today at 61 than when out for swim team in high school. Author of “Think and Grow Fit” (a rational person’s guide to getting in shape and staying that way forever.)

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