The More You Eat

“The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.”

– Chinese Proverb

There is constant controversy regarding fat and carbohydrates. Will you lose more weight with a low fat diet or a low carb diet? What about protein, how much of that?

Before answering those questions, let’s consider the reason for fat and carbohydrate and protein in the diet. Fat is for fullness, taste, and absorption of important vitamins. Carbohydrate is the body’s main source of energy, since all carbohydrates break down to sugar. Protein helps repair and restore tissues in your body, increasing the feeling of fullness and helping to control blood sugar.

It wouldn’t make much sense to have very little energy but bulky muscles and tasty food. Just as it wouldn’t make sense to eat bland food and never feel full, but be on a constant sugar high. Moderation and balance are key.

Consider the following in regard to “low-fat.” You purchase a lower fat version of ice cream (my favorite food).  You proudly set that container on the kitchen counter and pull out a bowl from the cupboard for chow time. You begin to scoop the ice cream into the bowl…1…2…3…4 scoops. All the while thinking, “It’s low fat!”

Unfortunately, that is not the way it works.

It is SO much more tempting to eat a larger portion when you buy the lighter option—I bet it is no longer low fat! I challenge you to pick your absolute favorite flavor/type/texture/brand/etc. (whether full fat or low fat) and enjoy the one single serving. Again, “the more you eat, the less the flavor; the less you eat, the more the flavor.”

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