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The Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat Diet

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The promise of the “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” diet, that you can lose weight without giving up the foods you love, sounds almost too good to be true. However, the diet was created by Dr. Michelle May, who has an education in both medicine and psychology. The diet promises to require less self-discipline than most others, and it would better for your budget because you wouldn’t have to buy a bunch of special diet foods. Read on to learn if this diet makes sense for you.

The Theory

The idea behind the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat diet is a bit different than other diets. Instead of sharp calorie restrictions or special diet foods, this diet works by making yourself more aware of your body and emotions. Whenever you feel the impulse to eat, ask yourself if you are actually hungry, or if you are just trying to deal with some emotional issue like boredom or loneliness, or if you just want to taste something nice.

If you are trying to deal with an emotional issue, try to find another way to distract yourself. If you just want the taste, serve yourself only a very small portion. Eat slowly, and periodically ask yourself if you are full now, and if you maybe should save the rest as leftovers. Many people just get into the groove of eating, and don’t notice they’ve eaten more than they need until after. By being aware of your motives and your actual feelings of hunger and fullness, you will be more inclined to eat less.

Allowable Foods

On the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat diet, there are no foods that you can’t eat. Because you can keep eating all of the foods you love, you won’t be as inclined to cheat on the diet, so it will be easier to convince yourself to make the small changes you need to make.

If the foods you love are fatty or calorie-rich, you should limit quantities, and not eat them all the time. Overall, half of your servings should be whole grain foods. Remove the skin from poultry before cooking it, and choose only lean cuts of red meat. Eat seafood at least twice per week. Dairy products should be mostly low fat. Rice and beans should be regular staples. Choose a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in different colors, which will help ensure you get complete nutrition. All in all, the changes you have to make to your food on this diet are pretty minimal, and shouldn’t require too much effort.

Other Elements of the Diet

One of the rules of this diet is that you cannot have the TV on while you eat. You should instead concentrate on the food. Savor every bite. When you enjoy your food more, you are more easily satisfied with smaller quantities. Additionally, by paying attention in this manner, it is easier for you to notice the moment you have had enough to eat.

You should also pair this new way of eating with regular exercise. In keeping with the philosophy of this diet, you should find exercises that are fun to do, and build your routine around them. Teach yourself to think of working out as a fun way of relieving stress.

The Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat diet can work for you. If you have a hard time with diets that require a lot of self discipline, counting calories and giving up all the foods you love; you might want to give this diet a try.