Why Are So Many Dieters Afraid Of Food?
I see it all the time. Many dieters are terrified of eating. The idea of Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or even a social barbecue, leaves them quivering at the idea of being surrounded by so much temptation. And in many cases, their everyday meals are so small that when I show them my diet-plan and tell them the amount I expect them to eat, they throw up their hands in horror. “I can’t possibly eat all that” they cry.
Question: Why are dieters so afraid of food?
Answer: Because they’ve got things confused.
They think that the more they eat, the higher their calorie intake. In short, less is better.
This is confused thinking. You can eat a huge plateful of food without the slightest danger of gaining weight. By the same token, you can eat a relatively small amount of food and still gain weight.
How is this possible? Because not all foods contain equal amounts of calories. For example:
- If your meal contains a significant amount of meat-fat (either on or in the meat itself, or in the sauce), chances are it’s going to be high in calories.
- If you add significant amounts of mayo, butter, or sour cream to your meal, chances are it’s going to contain a lot of calories.
On the other hand:
- If, as recommended, about half your meal consists of vegetables, chances are it will be moderate in calories, unless you add mayo, butter or sour cream.
- If, as recommended, about one quarter of your meal consists of boiled rice, pasta or potatoes, and one quarter consists of lean meat, it’s likely to be a relatively low calorie meal.
Let me put all this into one sentence: Dieting isn’t about eating less, it’s about eating differently.
- Go easy on the meat, especially meat-fat.
- Go easy on the add-ons, like mayo, butter, sour cream.
- Pile on the vegetables.
- Eat a good helping of pasta, potatoes, rice or other grains.
- Keep a store of lower-calorie snacks for emergencies.