When I heard about Eat like a Cow, by Will Addison, it sounded ridiculous.
I thought, “No, I do not want to eat like a cow”. I think I would feel pretty miserable if I did.
Poor cows don’t get much variety in their diet.
Addison is not a health professional and rest assured, he did not make this book to be scientific.
It is a humorous sometimes sarcastic approach to a quirky weight loss technique.
If you tried to eat exactly like a cow, you wouldn’t be following the principles of this book anyway.
7 Steps to Eat like a Cow
- Eat Greens: This is a no brainer, but cows don’t always get to eat greens. The cows that get to eat more grass get to see a little green in their diet. Following a diet full of wheat, corn, and some green grass is not optimal for humans. We need to be eating greens all day, but more broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, etc.
- Get Grazing: Eat small meals or snacks throughout the day so that you don’t ever get to be ravenous and end up overeating at one big meal. This helps to support the metabolism as well as maintain good energy levels.
- Stand Up and Be Cownted: Move more and sit at your desk less. Addison recommends trying a standing desk like he has. Not all of us have the ability to do this. He recommends to stand during dinner as well. I disagree with this because we need to become more mindful about our eating, and by sitting down, we are able to slow down our eating. Standing encourages rushing. The main point here is that animals do a lot of moving and standing around, and us humans should too.
- Drink like a Cow: Stay full, flush toxins, improve the metabolism, and reduce water weight by drinking even more water.
- Shake Your Tail: This one is a little far-fetched. Addison emphasizes the importance of making goals and sticking to them—swatting those flies one by one.
- Chew. Repeat: Slow down your eating to improve digestion and help you feel fuller faster.
- Eat with Your Herd: Make meals a family event. This encourages mindful eating and healthy food choices.
The book reads like a children’s book in that it is comical, relatable, and seems like fiction. It is as if you are reading a friend’s funny story about weight loss.
Some may criticize this book as lacking a professional scholarly approach, but that is not what Addison set out to do. You have to take this book for what it is—a fun read about weight loss that is not to be taken seriously.
Do you Eat like a Cow?