Have you ever wondered what the heck is a calorie, anyway? Over the years of teaching hypnosis for weight loss I have heard many misconceptions about calories. Rather than counting calories, I urge weight loss hypnosis clients to think more about calorie density.
Jeff Novick teaches that “Calorie density is simply a measure of the amount of calories in a given weight of food, most often expressed as calories per pound. A food high in calorie density provides a large amount of calories in a small weight of food, whereas a food low in calorie density has much fewer calories for the same weight of food. Therefore, for the same number of calories, one can consume a larger portion of a food lower in calorie density than a food higher in calorie density. On a day-to-day basis, people generally eat a similar amount of food, by weight. Therefore, choosing foods with a lower calorie density allows us to consume our usual amount of food (or more) while reducing our caloric intake.”
Clearing Up the Calorie: The Science of Nutrition, with Marion Nestle
Point of Inquiry, May 11, 2015: When over one-third of American adults are obese, it’s no wonder that our culture is deluged with fad diets and alleged miracle supplements. Everyone is looking for the easiest way to obtain and maintain health but it’s no small task in the midst of a whirlwind of conflicting information. And what the heck is a calorie anyway? It may be that the easiest fix is to look at what science tells us about the kinds of foods best fuel our bodies.
This week on Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein takes a closer look at what science tells us about our diets as she talks with nutritionist and author of Why Calories Count, Marion Nestle. She’s the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and works extensively to research and educate what our bodies do and don’t need to work their best.
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Foods low in calorie density also tend to be higher in satiety so by consuming foods lower in calorie density, one can fill up on much fewer calories without having to go hungry. Controlling your appetite is easy when you think calorie density. Foods that are lower in calorie density (fruits, veggies, starchy vegetables, intact whole grains and legumes) are also the foods highest in nutrient density.
Hypnosis for weight loss can help you to create healthy desires for food that makes you slender and trim.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I pay attention to my food and think about how it will make me feel.
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