Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Appetite vs. Taste Preference

We all have big appetites. This is why most diets don't work for most people - either in the short term or long term.

You get Hungry.

Many of Americans are raised in a culture that is designed around processed, high sugary and salty foods. The human body was not designed to eat this kind of food. Our culture in the last 60 years or so has completely changed the way human beings get their nutrition.

Remember: our species, homo sapiens, has been in existence for almost 200,000 years. For all this time, we have been eating food that comes from either plants or animals. Very little processing. It was not  until the last half century that processed foods and baked goods loaded with preservatives, additives and pesticides/herbicides has come into our diets. 

The last couple of generations in the American culture have been accustomed to consuming foods high in saturated fats, added sugars and high sodium content.

I know I probably sound like I'm in favor of some fad diet, but the fact is I'm not into ANY diets. I'm interested in eating what my body was designed to digest. And while the occasional cookie or fast food burger comes my way, I am a strong believer in eating clean, whole foods 99% of the time.

I found that eating this way - the way we were designed to eat before processed food - allows for optimal health, less illness during the year (I'm a schoolteacher- and I haven't had a cold in over 3 years), better skin and hair strength, fat loss and muscle growth.

This is not an easy change for our culture, and I understand that. The idea is to focus on changing not your Appetite, but your Taste Preferences. You can eat up - especially with lots of veggies- and still lose fat. Believe it or not, you can lose weight by never going hungry. It's all a matter of changing your taste preferences.

Some tips to eating a lot, but still lose fat mass and gain muscle:

 - drink water all day long - keep a water bottle with you 

- eat every 2-4 hours

- eat a lean protein with veggies and a complex carb :

Lean grilled chicken, asparagus and beet greens, with butternut squash (complex carb).

- Some quick ideas for stubborn appetites that won't make you gain weight:

Try raw veggie sticks (carrots, celery) with 0% fat free plain  Greek Yogurt
* Mixed fruit with 0% fat free plain Greek Yogurt
* Cottage cheese with fruit, sprinkled with cinnamon
*  Air popped popcorn and seltzer water
Shirataki Zero Calorie noodles with steamed mixed veggies
* Raw, unsalted mixed nuts (almonds, pistachio, walnuts) 

Or, try some of these tasty treats from In the Kitchen: 

 ...still hungry? Try another servings of veggies - raw or steamed. Vegetables are a "freeby" food when it comes to eating, so no matter how hungry you are - Eat Up! Vegetables are fibrous, and therefore will fill you up longer.

As I said before, fat loss is not a matter of suppressing your appetite. It's a matter of suppressing and controlling your taste preferences - overcome that, and you overcome your weight and health problems.

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Hi! I 'm Karlene Murphy. A lover of food (especially if it's gluten and dairy free!), getting outdoors, lifting weights, travel, writing, and snuggling with my two puppies. My addictions include chocolate, coffee, cookies, and sharing my love of being HAPPY and HEALTHY! My passion is educating others - whether at my full time job as a high school Psychology teacher, or with YOU my readers. I have been in the fitness wold for almost 10 years, and currently am an Online Fitness Coach, Fitness Instructor, Pilates and Yoga and Aerial Yoga Instructor in Southern New Hampshire. Contact Me if you need help with designing your own fitness and nutrition program.

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