By Emily McLaughlin
Okay, so the title might seem a little harsh… but I swear this post contains nothing but good vibes. Are you trying to lose weight? Well, do as I say… and get rid of your forks.
For those of us who have struggled or are struggling with our weight, eating right and exercising more often are easier said than done. Once we do get into a regular exercise routine and change our diets for the better–the weight, oftentimes, still hangs on.
For me, the problem has never been exercise. I absolutely love to drip sweat at the gym. Also, I change my gym routine quite often, mostly out of boredom. My problem is not eating right. I love cooking, eating vegetables and making even the most decadent of dishes as healthy as possible.
My problem then, you ask? I eat too much. I tend to get really excited about food, then I shovel it into my mouth like coal in a furnace. I pounce on food like it’s going to disappear if I don’t eat it quickly.
A solution for this? CHOPSTICKS. Obviously, my chopstick-use is highly influenced by my love for sushi, obsession with Asian dishes and my friendship with Ryo. I recently acquired a couple of pairs of chopsticks after Ryo’s trip to Japan and, as you could have guessed, I’m using them all the time whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Chopsticks force me to slow down, first because my skills are lacking, then because they can’t pick up as much as my fork. Once you figure our how to use them, you’ll realize that you find yourself chewing more as you struggle to pick up your next bite. You’ll also realize you are full before you finish that entire plate of food.
There you have it. Chopsticks are the answer. Haha, of course… if you are trying to lose weight, don’t go tell you friends that all you have to do it buy some chopsticks. Don’t go into your parents’ house and tell them, “Emily said to get rid of our forks!” Eating slower (therefore consuming a little less per day) is a major component of weight-loss, but your priority should be getting into a regular exercise routine and making your diet as clean as can be… then invest in some chopsticks. ;)
Happy eating, happy exercising and happy chopping.