The study's author suggests that the underlying root of the issue is healthy eating versus eating healthy. In other words, giving value to healthy eating because we want to versus eating healthy foods because we have to. When we put value on the importance of establishing a healthy eating routine, we care about the choices we make and so—we make choices that both please and sustain us. When we eat healthy foods, we might only be doing so because they happen to be the only thing available. And at that point, we risk picking nourishment without acknowledging satisfaction which leads us to come back for more—more of something that might not be so healthy—an hour or two later. To quote the article, and to further explain this issue:
The idea, of course, is that "people assume that healthy food is less fulfilling or satisfying and thus eating healthy food conflicts with satisfying our appetite." That said, if we choose to eat healthy food and value healthy food over the bad stuff—that idea is fairly quickly proven wrong because healthy food is both delicious and satisfying. Am I right? Today's lesson: Don't just eat healthy, WANT to eat healthy. Then you won't be so concerned with what you're missing out on because you'll have a better understanding of why exactly you're choosing to miss out. And you might not overeat later.
Conquer that, and you'll surely conquer the gym. Just sayin'.
I am also sayin' right here/right now that I have some of the best clients a personal trainer could ask for. When I was at the gym yesterday, the delivery man handed over a box from Harry & David. Much to my surprise, it had my name on it. I thought to myself—it's probably some delicious fresh fruit. That's what comes to my mind when I think about Harry & David gifts. Oh man, was I ever wrong:
Good thing I know a thing or two about staying fit and active, eh?
Dear client, if you're reading this, I thank you much.
Question: Does healthy food make you hungry?
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