6 Bad Excuses for Overeating
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If you have to justify your eating habits with an excuse, that is your first clue that you’re not eating right. “6 Bad Excuses for Overeating”, an article by Elizabeth Jenkins, Health.com, explains why certain excuses don’t fly and what you can do to dull your irrational eating behaviors.
(CNN) — Most every woman has a food angel and devil resting on either shoulder, one giving permission to indulge even as the other advises against it.
“We’ve come to label foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ so we feel guilty when we eat something we believe we shouldn’t,” says Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainer (to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry) and author of the book “The Body Reset Diet.”
But we’ve also become masters at rationalizing what we put into our mouths, which can lead to overeating, dubious food choices and even weight gain.
Evelyn Tribole, a registered dietician and nutritionist in Newport Beach, California, says, “Let’s get rid of the guilt! Women need to remember that having foods they love won’t make or break their diets as a whole.”
Readers bravely let us into their heads to hear how they justify dining decisions, then experts shared some eye-openers. Bet you can relate!
“As long as it’s a ‘good’ fat, like the kind in avocados or almonds, I can have as much as I want,” – Stacy Rogers Sharp, Austin, Texas.
Reality check! For sure, certain fats are beneficial.
“Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke,” says Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Still, they are just as fattening as the bad-boy saturated kind found in cheese and red meat. There are 9 calories in every gram of fat, generally twice the density of proteins and carbohydrates, points out Caroline Kaufman, a registered dietician nutritionist in San Francisco.
Nutrition guidelines to keep in mind: 30% of your calories should come from fat, with less than 10% from the saturated kind.
In other words, favoring heart-healthy fats like the ones in nuts, avocado and olive oil: good. Treating them like an all-you-can-eat buffet: bad.
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