Diets can mess with your head a little bit. They make us obsess and rationalize in ways we would not ordinarily do. But when we feel restricted, the tendency is to find a way to release the rules that bind us.
In weight loss, that means, “How can I eat more for less?” There is always that hankering thought of will there be enough, what if I am still hungry?
Many well-known diets promote the idea of good foods vs. bad foods, and the notion of “free” foods. So we diligently avoid things we should not eat, and feel virtuous when we are eating something good for us, even when it is more than what we need.
The concept of “free” foods suggests unlimited eating with no calories attached. So any time the thought of hunger strikes, we can run to these foods to satiate us both physically and mentally.
The problem with both of these scenarios is that we are usually eating too much, and when we are really not hungry.
Case in point; we know salad is good for us, so we eat an enormous amount because we can, not because we need it.
Unlimited ”free” foods like fruit, veggies, salads and soups allows us to constantly feed our nervous hunger, which is not really hunger at all. These foods become a crutch for those times when we are not really sure, or we are bored, nervous, stressed, etc. We turn to these “harmless” foods to get us through the day.
In the end, all foods count. Whether a food is considered healthy or not, should not determine when or how much you eat. A healthy weight is achieved and maintained by listening to the cues of the body.
Get into the habit of asking yourself these two questions:
Am I hungry?
Am I satiated?
Let the body decide; not some weight loss program, or eating rule, or food desirability. Eating when you are not hungry or to the point of discomfort, is like teaching the body to overeat.
Fortunately, that which is taught can be unlearned. Now that you know; change it.
Leave me a comment below about some foods you may be overeating just because they are healthy.