Which foods are easiest to overeat? A recent study investigated exactly that. They found the main food characteristics that encourage you to eat more food than some African people eat in a lifetime.
Here are three things that were highly associated with an increased risk of oh god I once again ate myself silly (and what to do about them to make dieting and thus weight loss easier).
#1. Energy density
Unsurprisingly, foods that contain more calories per gram lead to passing out from a food coma aka calorie overconsumption. Here are some examples:
These calorie-dense foods will likely leave you feeling less full while consuming more calories:
So base most of your diet on foods with a lower caloric cost. Veggies, fruits, and lean protein sources are champions at this.
Foods that contain combinations of fat, sugar, and sodium tend to taste fugging delicious and you tend to want to eat more of it.
To put into perspective, cast your mind to the study in which subjects ate on average 508 kcal/day more during the ultra-processed, hyper-palatable diet.
Since hyper-palatable foods usually overlap with foods that have high-calorie density and low volume, you end up being unsatisfied and ready to keep eating like an asshole.
So to make your dietary adherence and calorie management easier, limit hyper-palatable foods and consume more lower-palatable ones:
#3. Eating rate
Foods that are easier to consume quickly are easier to overeat. You don’t need to have an IQ of a Japanese person to understand that. Heck, not even IQ that’s normally…