Slimming without stress

Feel good in the process.
By I. M. Soni
Here is the secret of keeping slim and slender without undertaking agonising fasts or swallowing harmful ‘reducing pills’.
The secret lies in the answer to the question. “How do the Balinese women keep themselves lovely, graceful and slender?” The answer is simple but excitingly revealing. They do not eat three square meals a day, as we do. They have the custom of frequently nibbling at something eatable.

Apart from the three meals principal – which we eat so heartily, – we do not hesitate about taking in-between-meals snacks. The net result is that we generally eat too much – far more than our actual need. The extra food we eat is deposited as fat around the body. With surplus fat we become fat and bulky. The once lissome, slender and sprightly figure turns into an ungainly, slow moving, figureless, sprawling person who is ashamed of his or her awkwardness.

When the fat person consults doctor about his obesity, he is either asked to curtail sugar, fat, starches and is asked to go on starvation diet or the doctor prescribes him some drug to suppress his hunger. But all these measures have their own drawbacks and the fat person has to undergo much unnecessary privations. The fat person has either to deprive himself of his favourite dishes or has to undergo the hardship of going hungry all the time and starving. In the case of reducing pills and harm it causes is sometimes more than the good they are supposed to do.

Thus, the best way to get fun out of reducing is to do as the Balinese belles do to keep themselves slim and trim.

Here is how Dr Frederick J. Stare, MD. a research scientist, describes the Balinese way of eating for keeping slim.

“An important factor is the custom of frequent nibbling rather than eating three meals a day. Breakfast is simply a cup of coffee with a good deal of sugar at six or so in the morning. An hour later the Balinese will take a mouthful of cold boiled rice packaged in a banana leaf. In another hour they will eat a piece of fruit. Throughout the day they nibble on fermented soya bean cake, beans, a piece of fish, coconut meat, cassava, more rice, or sweetened coloured water. The quantities are very small, and any solid food is only a tablespoonful or two wrapped in a banana leaf.

This custom of keeping lean by eating several small meals a day supports Dr Jean Mayer’s theory, developed in a laboratory, that the level of sugar in the blood is important in regulating those cells in the brain that regulate appetite.

When the sugar in the blood is below a certain level, the appestat, as Dr Norman Jolliffe terms those cells, is turned on and you are hungry. As soon as the blood sugar rises above this level your appestat shuts off and you are not hungry. By their frequent nibbling, the Balinese keep their blood sugar at a level that minimises the desire for eating and thus reduces food intake.

Eat three moderate meals a day, with emphasis on breakfast. Save part of what you would normally eat at lunch or dinner for snacks. Then you can nibble without adding more calories to your body in the form of superfluous fat.