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    you basically need to eat foods that take longer for your system to consume. Fats like omega 3 and 6 are needed in your diet. The human brain lives on glucose and sugar in general, so you need to cut down your low string carbs, like sugar, white bread, pasta, potatoes and so on and bring in more long string carbs, like full grained bread, sourdough bread, beans etc. Long string carbs, natural fats and protein takes longer for you to digest which means you need less to eat to feel full because the chemical reactions in your brain will be different, you'll gain a more steady flow of glucose to your brain and to your cells on that kind of diet.

    Im trying to lose weight aswell and Im reading a book on how the brain works and all the scientific results which suggests the best diet for your brain. You need to look at how your brain reacts to your intake of food and how it regulates your body rather than go on a low calorie diet that you and your brain will eventually start hating because its too one dimensional. I didnt understand how when I was eating pasta on its own I could eat and eat and eat it. But now I know why, its the reward system in my brain that plays me a trick, once my tongue reacts to the pasta and the saliva's meeting with eachother (there is an enzyme in humans saliva called amylase that makes starch to sugar) it tells my brain theres sugar on the way and my brain reacts like an addict "more, more, more!!!!". You have to control the reward system and balance your bodys intake of energy. There is more ofcourse. I cant help you with the book unless you can read danish or swedish since its two swedish doctors that made the book concentrating on the scientific research done on this subject. The authors names are Martin Ingvar and Gunilla Eldh. Im pretty sure theres an english book out there based on the same principles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merrywille View Post
    Should I cut other things from my diet besides just the calories?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    Some of the healthy food tastes good. It just doesn't seem to taste as good in comparison to the food labeled unhealthy. I like both carrots and cake for example, but I'll almost always rate the piece of cake as tastier.

    Foods that are high in both fat and sugar are the worst culprits. If these foods are so bad for our bodies, why do so many people crave these things? Back in the days of the hunter/gatherer society or when there were food shortages, high energy foods were hard to come by. You eat the high energy foods when you can to store enough fat in your body to survive the times when food is scarce. In modern society in developed countries, that's not needed anymore but evolution has not caught up with the current reality. Back then, eating high fat foods wasn't so unhealthy, you didn't do it excessively like we do today.

    So that explains why we crave food that's not good for us. But it doesn't explain why so many of us dislike healthy stuff. Why are there people who hate fruits and vegetables and prefer white bread to whole grain? Shouldn't our bodies naturally want to crave things that provide some health benefit?
    You do start to crave healthy foods when you start eating them. I get sick of simple sugars pretty quickly after a day or two, and I prefer wheat or sourdough bread. I feel kind of sick if I eat excessive amounts of cake or ice cream.

    It's a good idea to experiment with healthy foods in combinations that are more tasty and exciting, like mixing berries and bananas with some low-fat or fat-free milk, maybe eating them with oatmeal or something if you actually want a whole meal.


    Potatoes are actually a good carb, if you cut out white bread and pasta, and don't eat them in excess. Like potatoes, bananas, beans, whole grains...there's a list somewhere, it's actually in TG's diet thread from a couple of months ago.

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    You know what I've been craving since I cut down on carbs?

    Pita and hummus. Forget the cake... I've never been much of a cake eater. No donuts or cupcakes either. But offer me pita and hummus, or chips and salsa for that matter, and I get a case of the sweats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen Kat View Post
    If athletes are so healthy, why do they die so young? The average age Dutch athetes died on between 2001 and 2010 was 72. The average life expectancy of Dutch people is 79. Oops...
    Let us replace the word "athletes" with "individuals who regularly engage in physical exercise, as advocated by health professionals"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    Let us replace the word "athletes" with "individuals who regularly engage in physical exercise, as advocated by health professionals"
    Yeah, those are two different things. Athletes are in a different category than people who simply regularly engage in physical exercise, as advocated by health professionals.

    Also, to Queen Kat, the difference between 72-79 is just seven years, and I would say it occurs because of steroid abuse, and things like salt/water imbalance in the body due to lack of proper salt intake during marathons and things, and stupid shit like football players drinking four energy drinks before practice on a hot playing field...there's also the danger element, of dying through injuries in constant competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    Yeah, those are two different things. Athletes are in a different category than people who simply regularly engage in physical exercise, as advocated by health professionals.
    This is why the statement is reworded, because the previous statement was inconsistent with reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    You do start to crave healthy foods when you start eating them. I get sick of simple sugars pretty quickly after a day or two, and I prefer wheat or sourdough bread. I feel kind of sick if I eat excessive amounts of cake or ice cream.
    Theres something about ice cream that my stomach doesn't handle well. I'm that way with deep fried foods too. I still crave them every now and then though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    Potatoes are actually a good carb, if you cut out white bread and pasta, and don't eat them in excess. Like potatoes, bananas, beans, whole grains...there's a list somewhere, it's actually in TG's diet thread from a couple of months ago.
    Potatoes seem to get a bad rap even though they are chock full of nutrients. I guess because people do things to potatoes that aren't so healthy like try them and put a bunch of high fat toppings on them.
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    potato peels have more potassium than a banana
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    Healthy food can be fantastic! It's just a matter of learning about ingredients and how they go well together, and learning how to cook them. It's really, really delicious once you learn how! Processed food starts to taste like crap, too, as your body is weaned off of it.

    I lost as much as 20 pounds last year. I've gained some, but not all, of it back (I wasn't trying to lose weight when I did, so gaining it back has not been a disappointment). I'm not entirely sure why I lost weight; I ate as much food if not more than I had been before. It was when I lived in residence in university. I had weighed 190-200 pounds prior to university, and I weight as little as 173 in march of last year. I'm 6'2. The food at the school cafeteria was actually pretty good, freshly made, mostly raw ingredients and relatively little processed junk. I think I probably ate a greater variety of foods, and probably had the same calorie intake if not slightly greater, and the overall nutrition of the food seems like it would be pretty similar to what I would have ate at home. A mix of healthy food and sweets. I wish I had something helpful to pass along from this... maybe this goals to show that what makes us lose weight is difficult to understand and different for different people.

    I definitely do NOT believe that cutting calories is a good way to lose weight; it is clearly an oversimplification of human biology. Obviously calories have something to do with it, but I think the popular concept of weight lose overemphasizes calories way too much. Ultimately, eating healthy, freshly cooked food made with healthy, raw, unprocessed ingredients is the healthiest way to eat and switching from an unhealthy diet to a healthy one alone should result in weight lose.

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