The word “fattening” has been coming up in conversation a lot lately. As in, “Wait, but isn’t that fattening?” or “I need to find a cheese that isn’t too fattening…”
It’s not that simple. The problem is that we get caught up thinking about what foods are “healthy” without any regard to how much we eat.
That’s why my weight-conscious (and adorable) grandfather gets nervous about eating a slice of super-thin-crust pizza piled high with fresh green vegetables but doesn’t think twice about devouring 7 fistfuls of almonds while watching TV. Because pizza is “bad” for you and almonds are “good” for you, right?
Hello! When it comes to “fattening” foods, you need to look at the quality AND the quantity. First, nothing says quality to me more than an abundance of fresh vegetables – if they dominate your plate, you’re off to a great start.
My second measure of quality would be this: How close is it to the real thing? Low-fat cheese tastes like, well, low-fat cheese. While it might have less fat per serving, it can cause you to eat MORE.
You see, we’re wired to seek pleasure, so when we eat a second-rate version of the food we really want, we have a tendency to eat more to try to gain that satisfaction. You’re better off savoring an ounce of really good, full-fat, high quality cheese than spreading heaps of an imposter on your crackers.
Once you’ve got the quality part down, the next step is to make sure you don’t overdo it (hint: 7 fistfuls of nutritious almonds = overdoing it). Next week I’ll show you HOW to make sure you don’t eat too much with a few sneaky tricks.
What “healthy” foods do you tend to of over-do it on? Leave a comment and share!