Wednesday, July 18, 2012


This is an I Preach but You Practice Sermon. 
I do not practice what I preach. 
(That is why I Eat Less and Weigh More). 
So, Dear Reader, you please try this technique at your own risk and tell us if it works.



I love to preach, but I seldom practice what I preach. 

Yes, I believe in the dictum: Preach, but first let others practice what you preach.

So here is some friendly advice on how to reduce your weight. 

Please try it out and tell me if it works for you. 

If it works for you, maybe I will try it out myself; for I too need to reduce my weight.


Are you on the “healthier” side?

Do you want to reduce your weight?

A few years ago while browsing in my favourite Oxford Book Store near my home opposite the Oval near Churchgate in Mumbai I came across a book which described a weight reduction technique called Fletcherism. I don’t remember the name of the book but I made mental notes about this unique weight reduction method, and now I have decided to try it out. Or rather, I prefer that you, my dear reader, try out this weight reduction technique first and tell me if it works so that I can try it out myself.

So, if you are one of those who want to reduce some weight, why don’t you try out this technique too and let us compare notes after a few days.

First let me tell you the essence of this weight reduction method called Fletcherism.

Most dieting plans tell us what to eat.  

Fletcherism tells us how to eat.

In my view, as I could understand then, the seven cardinal principles of Fletcherism are as follows: 

    1.  Chew your food to a pulp or milky liquid until it practically swallows itself. You must keep chewing each mouthful of food until it becomes a watery mass in your mouth before swallowing. This has two effects: Firstly, if you chew your food for so long, you will be consuming your meal at a slower rate. Secondly, the reduction of this food to a watery mass means that it will be less difficult to extract nutrients from the food. Even liquids must be “chewed” properly! 

    2.  Never eat until hungryFollow the dictum: When Hungry Eat, When Tired Sleep. Let your body clock decide your mealtimes, not the chronological time. Do not let the clock on the wall or the watch on your wrist or the “lunch break” dictate when you must eat. Also, when you Eat, just Eat – which is exemplified in the next principle.

    3. Enjoy every morsel of your food, savouring the flavour, until it is swallowed. Close your eyes and focus on your food and eat mindfully with full awareness – you will truly relish the taste and enjoy the aroma and flavour of your food. Never multitask while eating. When you eat, just eat; don't do anything else.

     4. Do not eat when tired, angry, worried. During mealtimes, and whenever you eat, refuse to think or talk about unpleasant subjects. 
     5. Enjoy your food with people who generate positive vibes in you while eatingAvoid eating with persons who hassle you 

     6.  Never eat in a hurry and avoid “grabbing a bite” syndrome. Yes, this is most important - never “grab that bite”.
     7.  Avoid eating in places not conducive for relaxed eating. Never eat in your workplace, in your office, or at your desk. Never eat in an atmosphere of negative vibes. Eating must be a happy relaxing experience. So always take a break, go to some nice place and eat in pleasant company or in glorious solitude.

Horace Fletcher (1849–1919), the man who advocated this technique, is believed to have said: “Nature will castigate those who don't masticate.” He also advised against eating before being “Good and Hungry”, or said one must never eat while angry or sad. Fletcher promised that "Fletcherizing", as it became known, would turn “a pitiable glutton into an intelligent epicurean”.

So, if you are one of those who want to reduce some weight, why don’t you try out this technique and give us your feedback. 

Come on, be game, please try out some Fletcherism and let us know what happened. I eagerly await your comments - and while I wait for your comments I will chew on regardless!

It may be apt to end with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi - CHEW YOUR DRINK and DRINK YOUR FOOD and a Chinese Saying - CHEW YOUR FOOD BECAUSE YOUR STOMACH HAS NO TEETH.

Happy Eating - Oh, sorry - Happy Chewing...!!!

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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Kritika Jain, Arihant Events said...

I'm really gonna try this.. Will post a comment after a month again.. Hope to see the results..

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