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Why is it important to enjoy food in order to lose weight?

Deprivation = failure.  If we keep depriving ourselves, over time we lose our ability to say "no."  And the research is very clear on this.  Food is necessary, nourishing, tasty and enjoyable.  Tasty, healthy, nutritious food carries us longer and so we can often eat less of it.  When our mealtimes become about mindfulness, pleasure, and self-care, we are less likely to "act out" and make unhealthy choices, overeat, eat mindlessly, or otherwise sabotage our selves and our health.  Listen to your body - you know what you like, and you typically know when you have had enough. Learn to stop then.  Instead of saying "no" to good food, say no to "too much." 
You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life

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You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life

<p style="with food, are you doing the same thing in life? Instead of trying to please others all the time, what would happen if you listened to your inner voice? What if you could find a way to stop eating, stop working at a bad job, stop a bad relationship before you walk down the aisle—stop anything when you are full? Understanding WHY you eat can lead to real and lasting change--both in your weight loss and all other areas of your life.<p style="    You Are WHY You Eat teaches readers to take back control in their lives. Dr. Ramani takes an iconoclastic, brave, edgy, and witty approach to self-help. She teaches you to unearth that inner voice, and let it be heard. She turns all of your childhood teachings upside down and forces you to take responsibility for your choices in life. Through real-life anecdotes and exercises, she gives you the tools you need to live on your terms, not those of the stakeholders that surround you. It will help you trust yourself and act from the gut, while making that gut smaller at the same time. And in so doing, it will help people live lives that are braver, more authentic, and less riddled with regret. You can change your food attitude and change your life!<p style="
Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Food is the center of many aspects of our lives, including social events and family togetherness, it is necessary to live, as well as health, fitness and weight loss. Rather than considering food the enemy and cause of weight gain, it is important to enjoy food to avoid restricting foods and setting yourself up for binge eating on food you may crave. If you do not enjoy the food you are eating, you may consider eating more quantity of food to the point of uncomfortable fullness or increased frequency of eating to feel satisfied, resulting in weight gain.

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