Food Choices Matter

Food Choices Matter

Whilst your diet should be based around a specific calorie, macronutrient, and micronutrient intake, the choices you make in terms of foods matter for various reasons.

If you are trying to lose weight which requires a lower caloric intake it would be wise to eat foods that keep you feeling fuller. I could write a 2000 calorie diet that feels like 3000 calories.

If you are trying to gain weight which requires a higher caloric intake it would be wise to eat foods that keep you feeling empty. I could write a 4000 calorie diet that feels like 3000 calories.

It all comes down to food choices, and essentially food volume.

If you’re on a low calorie diet, eating something like a row of chocolate every day isn’t going to help you to stay on track in terms of hunger/fullness. You will most likely over eat.

If you’re on a high calorie diet, eating something like a whole lettuce every day isn’t going to help you to stay on track in terms of hunger/appetite. You will most likely under eat.

This is why “clean eating” typically works. Eating foods that are high in volume without realising you are in a caloric deficit. This is why “bulking” typically works. Drinking weight gainer shakes that are low in volume without realising you are in a caloric surplus.

This is also why “flexible dieting” is king. Being mindful of food volume but also including foods you enjoy. Even on a low calorie diet it’s not every day that you want to feel overly full. Some days include ice cream, some days eat more greens.

Be smart with your food choices to enjoy a balance of variety, satiety, and sustainability based around your macro & micronutrient goals.

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