Eating High-Calorie Whole Foods Can Help With Diet, Weight: Expert

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  • Indulging in rich and delicious foods may help you lose weight and eat healthy food better than diets.
  • One nutritionist says some processed foods ‘lie’ to your brain and lead to cravings and cravings.
  • To break the cycle, focus on eating good food and less worry about calories, he says.

If you want to eat healthier or


Weight loss

You might want to start by enjoying a dinner of delicious pasta, according to one expert.

Nutrition writer Mark Schatzker says that abstaining from indulgence can backfire in his new book, The End of Craving, available November 9.

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When we cut out delicious, high-calorie foods in favor of artificial alternatives, our bodies and brains aren’t fooled, according to Schatzker. As a result, we end up deprived of taste and initiate a series of physiological and psychological responses that can lead to unhealthy habits like bingeing on junk food.

He told Insider that eating the foods you enjoy takes advantage of your body’s natural ability to tell you what it needs, and may make you healthier and happier as a result.

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Processed foods can disrupt your body and mind, causing food cravings

Eating what you love to avoid yo-yo dieting is part of a popular anti-diet movement called Intuitive Eating. Schatzker’s philosophy differs in two ways from intuitive eating.

Contrary to many advocates of eating and counter-intuitive diets, Schatzker says that many people need to lose weight for health reasons. He also says that not all foods are fair game to eating intuitively — some try to trick you into eating more, due to the complex food science.

“The idea that if you follow urges and inclinations, you will feed yourself well is almost correct,” Schatzker said. “Intuitive eating works as long as you’re eating food that doesn’t lie to your mind,” including processed foods like chips, snack cakes, and sodas.

Processed foods contain a potent mix of artificial flavors that stimulate brain chemicals associated with desire. We are drawn to them because of the flavors usually associated with the calories, fats, and carbohydrates we need for growth. But processed foods don’t live up to that promise.

Focus on the foods you like

The core of food cravings is the distinction between “wanting” and “liking,” according to Schatzker. Foods that seem tempting may not be satisfying to eat, which leads you to eat more.

“There are foods that feed on this desirable circuit and don’t provide much pleasure,” he said.

For example, you may find yourself eating a handful of chips (Schaztker’s personal deputy) without enjoying or even noticing. By contrast, enjoying a well-prepared meal provides you with physical and emotional satisfaction, and reduces the likelihood of you leaving the craving afterward.

This explains why obesity rates remain lower in popular cultures, such as Italians, than in Americans, Schatzker said.

Social factors such as time, money, and access to food can be great barriers to eating healthy and enjoyable food as well.

“In a broader social context, we have to find a way for people to access those experiences,” Schatzker said.

You don’t have to buy imported Italian pasta to eat well. You can start by focusing on enjoying the food, Schatzker said, whether it’s a bite of handmade chocolate or a simple home-cooked meal.

“No one has ever looked back and remembered a big bag of potato chips they were eating a few years ago,” he said. “It’s about getting away from the idea of ​​counting calories and nutrients and more about the eating experience.”

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