Portion control is something that is always stressed when discussing weight loss and healthy eating. It is undeniable that the portions of food people eat are much larger than they were years ago, which is a direct contributor to the obesity epidemic this country is facing.
Several experiments have recently been conducted at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It was discovered that people have a “taste-health balance point” – a proportion of unhealthy and healthy foods in each meal – which they find satisfactory. Thus, eating a smaller portion of a food you love (that might not be deemed the healthiest), rather than eliminating it completely, and pairing it with a healthy food choice allows the person to be satisfied with a smaller amount without feeling deprived.
Yet, in most commercial diet plans, along with portion control, there are “eat this, don’t eat that” rules. Inevitably, the dieter can only stand not eating a favorite food on the “don’t eat” list for so long. Cravings then lead to overeating and the diet is foregone.
Is this sounding familiar to you?
This is one of the reasons that I stress to my clients the importance of really understanding the concept of providing yourself with the unconditional permission to eat when hungry what food you desire. It takes the “taboo” label off foods that you would otherwise deem as “bad”. It eliminates the desire to overeat on these foods and creates room for healthier food options.
So, if you are stuck in the diet mindset, try balancing your next meal with healthy wholesome foods plus those that you might deem “not as healthy” but are your favorite. See if you are satisfied with less and let me know in the comment section below.
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