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The 5 Beliefs About Food That Keep You Fat

1. Food should not be wasted

We have learnt not to leave food even though we don’t really want it. If we cooked it, bought it, served it up on a plate or ordered it in a restaurant it has to be eaten because “it’s a sin to throw away excellent food”. So we use our bodies as a kind of human waste disposal unit and pile unwanted pounds onto our hips.

We learnt to clean our plates when we were kids, mostly from well-meaning parents who wanted to make sure we got enough nourishment and tried to make us feel guilty about all the starving people in the world. We learnt to eat stuff we didn’t really want or need to please our parents and sometimes we got more food as a reward (“Eat your dinner or you won’t get dessert”).

Now you’re an adult you can take a different approach. Buy less, cook less, serve up less and order less but if it’s still more food than you need, throw it out rather than down your throat. It’s a greater waste to over feed your body than it is to throw out excess food.

2. Food equals like

We learn from birth to link like and comfort from our mother with being fed and that feeling is reinforced throughout childhood. We equate food with being cared for. So it’s often the first thing we turn to when we want to experience those feelings of like and comfort again.

But food is not like. A double-chocolate chip cookie or plateful of fries will never like you back. Only people can do that.

If you need like, you need contact with other living breathing humans. Call up a friend and talk, don’t eat.

3. Slim people can eat as much food as they like

This one is really right but not in the way we often believe it. Slim people eat as much as they like but they don’t live for food. They like to eat as much as they need and they do. Sometimes they overeat. That’s when you see them eating chocolate cake and pizza and you reckon they have it made. But other times (more likely when you’re not seeing them on an evening out) they’re satisfied with soup and a salad. It’s a balance thing. If slim people ate too much all the time they would be overweight too!

Even so, you may find that your friend can eat more than you and not get stout. You may place it down to the luck of a quick metabolism but really the slight variances you find in metabolism make very small difference. Naturally slim people simply go around more during the course of the day even if they don’t take regular exercise. They’re forever on the go. They’re up and down more. And they fidget more. Studies have shown that they use up more calories than others in that way.

If you eat and go like your slim friends you will have small to envy.

4. Healthy food doesn’t make you stout

You can get stout eating anything – although, granted, it would be hard to overeat lettuce. But some natural foods are high in calories – in particular nuts and seeds – so you can easily take in too many calories with these. And fruit juices, smoothies and shakes can really pile on the pounds. Too many complex carbohydrates, whole grain though they are, will go straight to your hips too. Healthy foods are fantastic but they still have to be eaten in moderation.

Having said that, right healthy natural real foods are not generally the real problem. The main culprit here are those foods which are branded as healthy by food manufacturers – the foods that are “full of goodness” or low in stout or carbs or whatever. They offer so-called healthy options for cookies, cakes and pies that you could do well without eating. They just tempt you to eat more because you reckon they are healthy or low in calories. Check the marks and give them a miss.

5. Only unhealthy food tastes excellent

You may have spent years assaulting your taste-buds with stout and sugar confectionary, salty snacks and fried foods and that is what they have learnt to know and like. But really many foods that you eat have sugar and salt added to give them appeal they wouldn’t otherwise have. Once you start tasting quality natural foods and tasty healthy recipes you will never look back. Become a right gourmet and learn to like excellent natural food in moderation. Take the time to prepare and delight in it properly and you will find your taste buds dancing with delight.

Copyright 2005, Janice Elizabeth Small

Janice Elizabeth is a weight loss coach, slimming club owner and author of “The Diet Exit Plot”, an 8 week coaching program for automatic permanent weight loss. Request her FREE 15 page report ” simplyslimming.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=91″ target=”_blank How to lose weight without dieting – 7 secrets the diet industry doesn’t want you to know” at simplyslimming.com” target=”_blank SimplySlimming.com TODAY!

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