The Truth About Eating Superfoods for Weight-Loss

There are many claims that certain “superfoods” will help you lose weight. But, is it worth changing your diet to include those foods, or is there a better approach to healthy eating that will give you the results you’re looking for?

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Here’s our question for today:

Melissa says,

“I keep hearing about all this super foods that are supposed to be really good for losing fat. I just read one article that suggest sardines, tarragon and red lentils. I don’t eat any of those. I don’t even know what tarragon is. How important is it for me to eat these foods?”

Thanks for your question, Melissa. And to give you a short answer, the short answer is “it’s not important that you eat any particular food for losing weight”.

Some foods do help our bodies’ metabolism to speed up. For example if you eat a lot of citrus fruit that are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C does help metabolize fat faster still might be some benefits there. However, the benefit that you get from eating these foods or any other “super foods” is so small that it’s not worth focusing on.

And when you think about eating a variety of foods, in general, well actually had a really interesting place in history. Compared to any time of previous generations, we have more access to more foods than anyone ever before.

For example, I remember my Mom telling me that when she was a kid she remembers going the entire winter season without eating a salad. And I just sort of blew my mind because we have salad every single day. But the availability of salad back then during the off season wasn’t nearly what it is today. She said, salad you know, lettuce or spinach would cost a fortune in the grocery stores they just wouldn’t eat it.

So if you think about previous generations, having a much more limited access to certain foods and they’re still able to be very healthy, they’re still able to thrive and actually suffered much less from obesity than we do today.

It seems pretty obvious that eating a huge variety of foods or eating some of these “super foods” isn’t the key to weight loss. In fact, I will take that a step further and say that it’s not food variety that leads to weight loss but it might actually be food monotony that leads to weight loss.

By food monotony, I just mean eating a smaller subset of meals or smaller subset of foods. So repeating some of our favorite meals over and over again as opposed to forcing ourselves to find ways to include all these super foods are gonna be huge variety of foods included in our meals every single day. And there’s three reasons I’d like to suggest why moving towards food monotony might actually be better for weight loss.

The first one is that when we repeat our meals or eat meals and foods that we are very familiar with, we start to learn what’s actually in our meals.

There’s an interesting research study then where they had people go into the restaurant and the waiters and waitresses would bring out all sorts of food and then they would ask the patrons or the customers at the restaurant to pick out what was an appropriate portion size for each of the different foods. And as you might imagine the people that were picking out the portion size grossly over estimated how much food they should be eating to get that appropriate portion.

Many of these foods or these meals were not familiar to them so when they had to rely on their instinct they actually over estimated by 20%. And that’s a lot of extra calories.

The same goes for you and I, if we’re trying to incorporate new foods or new meals or new recipes into our life on a daily basis, there’s a much higher chance that we’re gonna over eat. And we’re gonna taking in a whole lot more calories than what we actually should. Contrast that with a little bit more food monotony where we’re eating meals that we’re very familiar with and it’s much easier to get a good idea of how much we’re actually we need to eat, how many calories we’re getting and what sort of nutrients were coming with that meal.

The second reason that I propose food monotony is actually really good for weight loss is the fact that it takes much less time. If I give you a list, you probably seen them before on magazines 20 super foods you need to include in your diet and told you to go and make recipes that include all 20 of those super foods there’ll be a whole lot of time spent in researching, shopping for ingredients and actually preparing those meals.

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