This is why eliminating choice for at least one meal a day is one effective way to get away from fat-bombs. Pick the one meal you rush through most and automate it. For most people, it's lunch. So find a healthy lunch you like—salad with grilled chicken and olive oil, turkey on whole-grain bread—and have it for lunch every day. Every day. Yes, every day.
More and more research is showing that putting a cap on the variety of foods and tastes you experience will help you control your weight. (Think of your dog: Penelope stays the same weight when she has her regular food every day. But as soon as she starts gorging on the variety of nightly table scraps, the puny poodle looks more like a massive mastiff.)
How does it work? It seems that when you have meals rich in flavor variety, it takes more and more calories to keep you full (think of Thanksgiving, when you eat a lot of different things, stuff yourself, and still have room for pumpkin pie). So when we experience meals with lots of diverse flavors—think Mexican or Indian cuisine—we tend to eat more to satisfy our taste buds.
Now, we don't want you to be more bored with food, but if you make this a habit for at least one meal a day, it'll decrease your temptations and help you stop thinking about food so often. In fact, I usually prescribe two meals that are the same each day for my patients. It's one of the ways to automate your brain so that your habits follow. Of course, I don't want you to stop enjoying the wonderful diversity of flavors, but it will help control your appetite.
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