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This Diet Has Just One Rule (You'll Never Guess What It Is)

December 04, 2015 2 min read

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the mountain of diet information that is out there? Should you count calories, increase fat, add protein, cut carbs? All of the above? None of the above? The healthy eating landscape can be a difficult one to traverse. That is why this 'diet' may be the one for you! This isn't really a diet as much as it is an instruction. Basically, all you have to do is avoid hyper-palatable (or HP) foods. Before we explain further, it is important to understand that some foods create a neurochemical, biological, and addictive response similar to drugs. Food manufacturers are all over this information and process their products so that you will eat more, feel less satisfied and become addicted. Weight gain comes when the internal sensors (like those for satiety) become numb. If you can't tell when you are full, how will you know to stop eating? HP foods are those you can't stop eating after one serving. Things like cookies and potato chips are designed to make you binge. When was the last time you ate an entire bag of apples? Never right? But, we can bet you can recall eating an entire sleeve of cookies. It is usually the combination of fat and sugar or fat and salt that makes a food HP. David A. Kessler, physician and former FDA president, says a Snickers bar is a great example of an HP food. As we chew the bar, "the sugar dissolves, the fat melts and the caramel traps the peanuts so the entire combination of flavors is blissfully experienced in the mouth at the same time," he explains.

What should you do instead?

46933943595220.LNb4BmPxZylGUztqAXLm_height640 [bctt tweet="This Diet Has Just One Rule (You'll Never Guess What It Is)"] Basically, don't eat HP foods. It is a lot easier than you might imagine. If you stock your kitchen with non-HP foods, it will make your life a lot easier. HP foods can be reserved for special occasions. Things you can eat instead of HP foods include:
  • Raw fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Cooked beans
  • Baked potatoes
  • Oatmeal (without added sugar, preservatives, etc.)
  • Raw, unsalted nuts and seeds
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Dark chocolate (70 percent or more)
  • Yogurt (not the sweetened, artificially colored kind)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Eggs
  • Organic meats (not cured or lunch meats)
  • Wild fish
Take a pass on sugary sauces, marinades and coatings. Pretty simple, right? Avoid factory made, processed foods and increase natural and whole foods. Does this sound like a diet you might actually be able to follow? Source: Mind Body Green 

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