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I was at Border’s Book yesterday browsing my afternoon away in my cotton scarf and sipping on a medium Americano with heavy whipping cream. No more than two sips into my coffee did I find myself standing in front of a grand section near the front of the bookstore devoted entirely to dozens of books on the topic of dieting for weight loss and fat loss.
These books contain different dietary premises for weight loss. Within their hard and soft covers they bound anywhere between 200 pages to 400 pages. They’re written by people from all walks of life, from doctors to celebrities to nobodies with 6-pack abs. There were literally several dozen books, and apparently their authors all claim that their diets work.
And I’m sure many of the diets work. But I couldn’t help wonder how much revenue is generated by the publishing industry on this very topic alone, one that promotes thousands of books pushing just as many dieting methods to achieve just one single thing: weight loss.
And then I thought, what if someone comes out with just a single, no-bullshit secret that can put this entire segment of the publishing industry out of business. I took a sip of my espresso drink. And I thought that the unequivocal answer is, quite simply, eat less.
But then I thought that eating less might be too vague. People in general need a method, judging by the methods featured in all of these books. I sipped my espresso drink again, loosening the scarf from around my neck.
Then it hit me. The one single advice, the method, that anyone and everyone can put into practice immediately is: Eat Slowly.
If everyone eats slower than they’ve been, they’ll likely consume less food, for the stomach shall have a chance to signal to the brain satiety, and for people will begin to eat mindfully, taste their meals again… and derive joy from the food they eat, rather than from the act of eating their food.
And for this they’ll eat less, which after all is debated and wringed dried about diets like Atkins, South Beach, Zone, Paleo, Pritikin, and dozens of others that line the bookshelves, the one irrefutable law of weight loss is still: Eat Less.