Health food is health food.
Health food is good for you. Health food will keep you slim. Right?
Well, not if you eat twice as much.
The Journal of Consumer Research recently released a study about the “obesity paradox”; a trend that shows the rise of both obesity and health food popularity in America.
Basically, the trend goes like this: when people see something that says ‘low fat’, they eat twice as much of it—or—they allow themselves higher calorie deserts or snacks after eating a ‘healthy’ meal.
This development makes perfect sense to me. Whenever I force myself to eat a salad for dinner (I mean, how are lettuce and tomatoes supposed to fill you up?), I’ll go straight for the ice cream afterwards. I’ll tell myself, “I ate real healthy for dinner! I can eat more of this than usual! And I won’t gain weight!”
Which is, of course, total bullsh*t.
Especially when most ‘low fat’, ‘low calorie’, and ‘low carb’ products aren’t always as ‘low’ as they claim to be, and often times have unhealthy hidden components.
Now, I’m no doctor, but I’ve read enough of these America is so freaking chubtastic! studies to hypothesize that our major issue as a nation is our tendency to over-eat. Gorging ourselves on bran muffins is still gorging ourselves.
Let’s stop the madness together, shall we? Let’s make a pact to stick to the recommended serving size, no matter what the calorie count is…and scoop the chocolate fudge ripple into a bowl.
…either that, or pretend to ignore the rest of the world as it stands in a circle and whispers about how our thighs have seriously gotten wider.