Overcoming a taste for fat is not as difficult as overcoming an addiction to sugar for some people. But it’s just as important to avoid fried and creamy fattening foods as it is to avoid sugar when trying to lose weight.
According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition people who are sensitive to the taste of fat on their tongues are less likely to be obese and are more likely to eat a lower-fat diet. People who eat a lot of fried foods may actually be dulling their taste for fat over time.
Some people are now calling fat the sixth taste. If you are trying to overcome a food addiction or need overeating help, it’s important to know you can control your compulsive eating by weaning yourself off of fried and those fattening creamy, rich foods! If you need a little help with the will power, try Sensa, the Sprinkle Diet or listen to weight loss subliminals.
A study in rats that was conducted out of Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida, showed high-fat foods affect the brain the same way as heroin and cocaine. People used to think it was just sugar that triggered binges. In the study, rats that ate a lot of high fat foods ended up with compulsive eating habits. Just like people, the rats had to eat more of the fattening foods to experience a high!
Here are some tips for how to overcome food additions including a taste for fat:
No. 1: Tip for overcoming food addiction and taste for fat: Use better preparation techniques. Instead of deep frying, use a little healthy olive oil for stir-frying or bake. For an example, make roasted potatoes in the oven using olive oil, rosemary and seasoning instead of frying French fries. Switch to baked chips.
No. 2: Tip for overcoming food addiction and taste for fat: Skip the sticks of butter and use a few teaspoons instead. Have you ever seen someone make a box of macaroni and cheese using an entire stick or a half a stick of butter? Instead use milk and a teaspoon or two of butter. You will get used to the change.
No. 3: Tip for overcoming food addiction and taste for fat: Read labels. You may find out the healthy sounding bran muffin contains a lot of oil or fat. Even if it’s low fat, it may contain too much sugar. Do not make the mistake of swapping fat for sugar!
No. 4: Tip for overcoming food addiction and taste for fat: Satisfy your craving for something creamy but not fattening by eating low-sugar yogurt instead of ice cream, creamy low sugar mustards or even wine sauces that do not use butter!
No. 5: Tip for overcoming food addiction and taste for fat: Don’t go overboard eliminating all fats. It’s fine to be on a moderate fat diet as long as the fats you consume are the heart-healthy fats. You want to avoid saturated and trans fats in your diet such as the fat found in pizza, fried doughnuts and fried chicken!
The good news is that scientists believe over time you will develop a stronger sensitivity to fat on your tongue. When that happens, you won’t crave as many fattening foods. You will be satisfied with a healthy diet with a moderate amount of good fats such as what’s found in avocados, nuts and olive oil.
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Sources: Women’s Health Magazine
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