Overeating is one of the biggest challenges we can face when it comes to having a healthy and happy relationship with food. So many people struggle with eating way more than they know they should – yet despite this knowing, we cannot seem to stop ourselves. Oftentimes, we think our problem is “not enough willpower.” But as it turns out, willpower has little to do with some of the main causes of overeating. In this informative video from #IPEtv, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating shares about 2 fascinating nutrition mistakes that cause us to overeat – and these easily correctable nutritional goof-ups just might surprise you.
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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:
Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
Today’s Topic: 2 More Nutrition Mistakes
That Cause You To Overeat
The first video I did on the 2 nutrition mistakes that cause you to overeat was so well received that how could I not talk about two MORE nutrition mistakes that I think we all should know about when it comes to creating our healthiest, easiest, and most natural appetite regulation.
Once again, I’m going to remind you from the outset that if you’re the kind of person who’s trying to better control your appetite, then your issue is never a willpower one. There are so many fascinating factors that combine to intermix and create the appetite that we experience.
In my last segment on the two nutrition mistakes that make you overeat, we talked about the excess consumption of sugar, and the excessive consumption of poor-quality complex carbohydrates. These substances literally stimulate the brain to drive us to desire more food. It’s a straight up biochemical equation. It’s like math for the body. Eat sugar, eat complex carbohydrates, and the appetite for even more of those foods will instinctively increase.
Here are two more nutrition mistakes that make us overeat that you might not have expected.
1. Artificial Sweeteners
The advent of artificial sweeteners has been one of the most ill-fated nutritional strategies that the food industry has ever devised. I’d actually love for you to underline what I just said:
Artificial sweeteners were not invented by concerned nutritional scientists, doctors, or human beings who have your best and healthiest interests at heart.
Artificial sweeteners were created by industry in response to the handwriting on the wall that humans were gaining weight through the consumption of excessive amounts of sugar. As health practitioners became more and more vocal in the 1960s about the problems of sugar in the diet, and as weight challenges were skyrocketing, diet sodas were born. After all, wouldn’t it be great if you can get that same sweet hit but without the calories?
It makes perfect sense.
Here’s a challenge, though: first and foremost, all classic artificial sweeteners you’ve heard of over the years (and I’m not talking about Stevia) have been shown to be neurotoxic and cytotoxic – meaning they especially like to decrease the function of your nervous system, and they like to participate in the process of cell death in general. How’s that for a great addition to the diet?
What’s most fascinating is that it’s been shown experimentally that artificial sweeteners actually increase our appetite for more sweet. And they increase our appetite in general. The crafty nature of the artificial sweetener molecule is that it doesn’t quite satisfy our need for true sweet – and the brain knows that.
There is not a single shred of scientific evidence, nor is there a single study, that has ever shown that the consistent use of artificial sweeteners promotes any kind of weight loss whatsoever. Talk about a major black eye to the artificial sweetener industry!
If artificial sweeteners worked, they would’ve done so long ago.
But here’s what’s even more fascinating – because the artificial sweetener molecule actually convinces your taste buds that something resembling sweet is happening, the insulin response in the body is triggered. In other words, your body is going to begin to vigorously store weight when it senses artificial sweetener chemistry in the body. The body literally thinks it is eating sugar and needs to store it. This is a stunning finding.
Again, the food industry hates this information, so they suppress it is much as possible.
Get these substances out of your diet as close to 100% as possible. Think to yourself: these are stimulating my appetite, they’re killing my brain cells and driving up my insulin response, which is signaling my body to store weight, store fat, and not build muscle.
I think you get the nutritional picture here.
The next nutritional mistake that makes us overeat is:
2. Processed Foods with Crunch and Salt
When I say “processed foods with crunch and salt,” I’m largely talking about classic potato chips, corn chips, and the vast variety of crunchy, salty snacks that you can typically buy in the supermarket in these days, and even in most health-food stores.
The food industry spends a tremendous amount of time, energy, money, and research determining the bliss point of the combination of salt, crunch, and fat.
Once they find that bliss point, you have a consumer that literally becomes hooked on – or dare I say addicted to – these foods. Once again, you might think you have a willpower problem when you pick up a bag of corn chips or potato chips, but all you have is a brain that’s been hijacked by very clever food technology.
Take back your power.
Eliminate these foods as best you can from your diet for anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks … and your life will change.
Your natural appetite will return.
Your desire for real food will increase.
Appetite regulation will become easy.
And if you truly have weight to lose, you’ll watch it come off in a sustainable way.
And once your appetite for food becomes easy and natural, your appetite for life and for the best possible expression of who you are takes over. And that’s the best possible appetite that you can have.
I hope this was helpful.
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