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Diet Tip: Health Food Doesn't Mean "Eat All You Want"

Diet Tip: Health Food Doesn't Mean "Eat All You Want"

Healthy snacks are great for noshing. Nuts, dried fruit, air-popped popcorn, low-fat cheese, and whole grain crackers are all nutritious foods, but they still contain calories. Binging on heath food is still binging, and it isn't going to help you reach your weight goal. Overeating healthy foods won't help you maintain the weight you already have either. So this is just a friendly reminder that no matter what you're eating, you'll still need to need to keep appropriate serving sizes in mind.


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Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 7 years
I happy that I could inspire at least one woman to eat more, g1amourpuss! Granted, I'm not saying everyone should start eating 2500 calories/day, but it's something to work up to; it's so nice being able to enjoy so much food. Yes, superfoxml, you too are right in that eating more than you expend will cause weight gain. But, most women are not eating enough. Diets that are too restrictive only lead to a slow metabolism and binging. Most women's bodies require around 2000-2200 calories a day; but women seem to think that 1500 is some magic number (yes, I've seen the formula, it's too simplistic).
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 7 years
I happy that I could inspire at least one woman to eat more, g1amourpuss! Granted, I'm not saying everyone should start eating 2500 calories/day, but it's something to work up to; it's so nice being able to enjoy so much food.Yes, superfoxml, you too are right in that eating more than you expend will cause weight gain. But, most women are not eating enough. Diets that are too restrictive only lead to a slow metabolism and binging.Most women's bodies require around 2000-2200 calories a day; but women seem to think that 1500 is some magic number (yes, I've seen the formula, it's too simplistic).
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
That is true maryleigh too. I think it all depends on what works best for everybody. (It took me forever to find what works for me. I'm finally in awe like I've found god or something.)
superfoxml superfoxml 7 years
Hoaxerz I do understand about the differences in calories, thank you for calling me out, but I said that in reference to the fact that eating too much of anything will make you gain weight if you take in more calories than you expend.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
Now see Hoaxerz, I changed my diet to how you eat and man the weight is falling off finally. (I'm eating like 1200-2000[max when I decide to take a day off]) You give me even more hope. Thanks. :)
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 7 years
A calorie is not just a calorie- that's the problem! Calories from protein affect your metabolism differently than calories from fats and simple carbs do. I eat between 2500-3000 calories a day. If that were mostly carbs, I would be fat. However, since I eat mostly lean protein and healthy fats, and practice nutrition partitioning, I'm a size two with 13% body fat.
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 7 years
A calorie is not just a calorie- that's the problem! Calories from protein affect your metabolism differently than calories from fats and simple carbs do.I eat between 2500-3000 calories a day. If that were mostly carbs, I would be fat. However, since I eat mostly lean protein and healthy fats, and practice nutrition partitioning, I'm a size two with 13% body fat.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I also keep track of my calories in a spreadsheet on my computer. It's really easy for those low-calorie foods to add up if you don't keep them in check.
superfoxml superfoxml 7 years
Yep..a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. I food journal too. It really keeps me accountable.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I agree -- excess calories are excess calories. It doesn't matter what form they came in.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 7 years
Celery and cabbage are about the only things I can over indulge on that are healthy. ha ha.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Actually you can't eat all you want just because it's healthy and people are supposed to eat only to the point where they're not hungry anyway. And if it's the right food someone shouldn't need to eat as much because nutrient rich food fills someone up better. It still will be excess calories if a person eats in excess.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I think that there comes a time that you can really not have TOO much broccolli.
fatfighter fatfighter 7 years
Yes, it always comes back to those calories, doesn't it? I always find that writing down what I eat helps to keep things in check.
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 7 years
This depends on your definition of healthy. If you eat the right foods, you can and should eat all that you want. It's been shown that people who eat diets high in protein and healthy fats, tend to lose weight without counting calories.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
This is what usually trips my mom up when she diets...she gets all these healthy foods (sugar free frozen yogurt, air popped popcorn, homemade vegetable-beef soup, fruit, etc.) and at first, she does lose weight because the "healthy" foods are lower in calories than what she WAS eating, but then her weight loss plateaus and she gradually ups her serving sizes of the healthy foods and winds up slowly gaining weight and then she gives up the diet and gains ALL the weight back. So yeah, you really have to watch it, even with healthy foods.
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
This is exactly what happens with me...
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