How junk food tricks you into eating too much

 

I read a study the other day that I just had to share with you, because it personally made me even morecommitted to eating a diet based on real, whole foods.

 

It’s all about how ultra-processed foods make us want to eat more.

 

Here are the basics of what they found: people who eat a diet of “ultra-processed” food take in more calories and gain more weight than people who eat less-processed food – even when they are given meals containing the same calories and macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbs).

 

The study was conducted by the National Institutes for Health and published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

 

Scientists had 10 men and 10 women check into a clinic for a month, and fed them a controlled diet. For two weeks they were given meals consisting of ultra-processed foods, and then for another two weeks they ate a diet of minimally processed foods. They could eat as much of their meals as they wanted.

 

As an example,...

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Try this journaling technique to boost your fitness during menopause

When was the last time you sat down and really thought about how you’re feeling when it comes to your health and wellness – the actions you’re taking, where you’re headed and what your big (and small!) goals are?

I’ve got a tip for you today that I personally find to be helpful, especially when it comes to healthy eating! 

It’s an idea I borrowed from the field of education: it’s called reflective journaling, and while it’s meant to help students track what they’re learning (and how they feel about it!), it can be an awesome tool to track your fitness and wellness. 

Basically, it’s like a food/workout log – except you record your ideas, thoughts, feelings, wins, and challenges as you create healthy new habits and try new things. 

Journaling can be especially helpful when it comes to sticking with new habits, because writing things down can give you some clues as to why some habits “stick”...

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