Eating the smallest amount possible is not only something that dieters try to do, but it reaches even further than that. Culturally, we are so afraid of obesity and fat, as well as villainizing “gluttony”, that en-mas we view food restriction as a virtue.
I would guess that even people who are not mentally burdened with diet-mentality still think that logically, eating the smallest amount possible, is a good thing.
But let’s think about that for a minute… does it make any biological sense to go through life eating the smallest amount possible at meals?
The smallest amount that can fill us up the better?
The least amount of calories to make us not hungry anymore?
Egg whites and fake noodles and and fat-free yogurt and lots and lots of fiber and water. Yum.
Or maybe its carbs that are feared so its all fats ad proteins and low-glycemic everything, stevia stevia, almond flour and cream.
And 20 minutes later: Grumble Grumble.
I have spent so much time how to figure up how to fill up on the least amount possible. And it has always been a misery. The problem is… it doesn’t make any logical sense. Even that phrase “fill up on the least possible” doesn’t make any sense. It is almost an oxymoron phrase.
Just biologically, if some of our ancestors… even just 150 years ago (no matter what they ate, that is not part of the my debate) went from day to day trying to eat the least amount of food they could- afraid to fill up -afraid to eat a little too much from meal to meal- other people would have thought they were legitimately crazy. Why on earth would they try to eat little? Even if they were afraid of getting fat like their Aunt Marge? Eating normal, nourishing amounts doesn’t make someone fat. They would have known that then! And seeing restrictive food behavior back then would have left their peers so confused.
Even if you are calorically filled up on your egg-whites and flax fiber, coming from the mental position of trying to eat the smallest amount possible is stressful. It is stressful to your mind that wants to survive and flourish and be fed and nourished. That stress alone creates health problems, and further denial-based disordered eating.
The sooner you can switch your eating mentality to one of Nourishment instead of restriction, you will already be setting yourself up to succeed.
We are not wired to thrive mentally or physically on the least amount of food possible.
Fuck That Diet Mentality!