THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING SLOWLY AND CHEWING CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH…THE DIGESTIVE PROCESS BEGINS IN THE MOUTH WITH SALIVA BREAKING DOWN CARBOHYDRATES, PROTEINS AND FATS……
The Viva Mayr Diet (HarperCollins) promises “14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you” – quite some claim.
Dr Harald Stossier, founder of the Viva Mayr clinic and co-author of the book, points out that losing weight is really a long-term process. “Our eating habits were acquired in earliest childhood,” he says.
“Changing them later in life requires conscious effort. But this change is absolutely crucial.”
If you do nothing else, he begs you to learn how to chew. And chew. And chew.
After that, the rules are pretty well all common sense. Don’t overload yourself with junk food and resist sugar and alcohol. Take plenty of exercise – the clinic is big on swimming, Nordic walking, yoga and Pilates. Keep your bowels regular at all costs and, if things are sluggish, have a colonic.
If you can afford it, go to the clinic: it’s in a fabulous location with great therapists and it really does re-educate your eating habits (it’s a lot easier to stick to the spelt roll regime when everyone around you is also chewing like a hyperactive squirrel).
If not, the book is fine (though the style is irritatingly bouncy). If you’re too strapped even for that, check out the golden rules below.
THE GOLDEN RULES TO LOSING WEIGHT
1 Eat slowly. The key strategy is “souping”, in which you chew each mouthful 40 times so it becomes a liquid mush of saliva and food.
2 Eat sitting down without distractions: no television, no reading the paper, no stressful conversations.
3 Stop eating when you feel comfortably full. If you are chewing properly, you will simply not be able to eat huge meals.
4 There should be an interval of four to five hours between each meal – frequent snacks disrupt digestion.
5 Make breakfast and lunch your largest meals.
6 Don’t eat too late in the evening. Ideally, your evening meal should take place before 6pm. It should be small and comprise only easily digested foods (no raw vegetables or fruit).