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Why We Want To Eat And Why We Don’t

There are plenty of reasons to eat food. But what about those times when we want to eat but don’t want an unnecessary calorie-laden meal? The truth is, we all want to eat. But sometimes, we eat because our body is telling us we really, really don’t want to.

One reason we want to eat is because we want tasty, satisfying and healthful food. But many of our actions to please our bodies are often counterproductive. For example, if someone is trying to lose weight, they may go out and eat three or four large meals — but that’s not healthy. In general, we should be very careful when we choose and how we eat. And that’s true whether we’re seeking to lose weight or to be healthy. Even though we may like food, we are not always good decisions as to what and how much to eat. To be a good decision maker in matters of food we have to take into consideration these important factors: (1) nutritional value and the food we eat; (2) environmental factors, such as price and availability of good nutrition; (3) social and cultural factors, including family values, beliefs and customs; and (4) physical challenges, such as body image and metabolism.

In fact, the most successful dieters in the world choose a few food groups rather than a large variety and do a very specific plan of diet. The group of foods to choose are generally considered to be in the following categories: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, fruits, dried seafood, low-fat dairy products, beans, nuts, whole-grain cereals, seeds and nuts. The groups you choose are influenced with your personality and how you think about food. For example, people with low self-control who eat lots of food will end up with weight problems because their food choices are more addictive. On the other hand, people who have high self-control and try not to have any temptation and eat fewer types of food will often have a more successful weight-loss plan. That’s because it’s the people who have trouble resisting a food, such as food cravings, that can be more successful. 

Another important factor to understand is that our metabolism is an incredible machine that takes an enormous amount of energy. To be effective we need to use our metabolism for its maximum efficiency. But if you can find foods that are calorie-dense without compromising your health, that is optimal.

There are many ways to change your diet. One way is to choose foods that your body will naturally crave and will fill you up and keep you satisfied. You could also experiment with the types of food you eat, such as adding or removing certain food groups. If you don’t like your new food choices, you can simply go back to your old ones. 

Here are some good ways to get started on your new diet:

1. Eat less.

As your body loses fat, it’s also losing many of its natural “comfort foods” that increase appetite. So rather than eating more, try eating less to balance it out. It’s likely that your craving will be reduced rather than eliminated. If you really don’t enjoy eating, you can try replacing one serving size of a food you’re craving with about half of the serving size of something you’re satisfied with. That will help you avoid the bad feelings you normally get when cravings creep in. 2. Add extra fiber to your diet . Studies have shown that people who eat more fiber at each meal have stronger satiety hormones and eat less food. Even 1.5 to 2 teaspoons a day has been found to have a significant effect. The health benefits of fiber are many, and include lowering the risk of heart disease, increasing satiety, and helping to keep blood sugar level more stable so you feel full longer. 3. Create better eating habits in your family and friends. Create a good family and social environment that encourages healthy food choices. This will help motivate your family or friend to eat healthier choices and help others follow your example.  4. Try a no-fat, low-calorie diet for two weeks. It’s possible to lose one to two pounds without losing any water-weight (the so-called “water-weight effect”). One study shows the difference could be as much as half of one pound of body weight.