3 Amazing Things That Happened When I Stopped Eating “Low Fat”
I don't normally track my calorie intake, but when I started this experiment I started paying more attention to those numbers to see how they compared. And I was surprised to realize that eating more "regular" foods translated to me taking in fewer calories.
In the past, I'd typically eat a Yoplait Light Strawberry Yogurt with only 100 calories for breakfast—but I was usually hungry again before finishing my cup of coffee. So I'd soon go searching for something else to nibble on, and I'd essentially end up eating a second breakfast. The result: I'd eaten 300+ calories before noon.
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When I swapped my usual yogurt for Fage Total Plain Greek Yogurt with 190 calories and put some actual berries on top, I was done. The thought of consuming anything else before lunch made me feel sick—I was so full. (Remember these four things before buying Greek yogurt.)
I noticed something similar when it came to snacks. Normally a snack for me might be an apple, banana, or some pretzels. That would satisfy me for a little while, but not for long, so I'd keep on snacking. Adding in some fat made a big difference. I decided to snack on almonds whenever a craving hit—a small handful goes a long way—and added pumpkin seeds to my yogurt. Perhaps not surprisingly, I felt fuller longer.
The same thing happened at dinner. Although I mostly cook things like grilled chicken and veggies, every now and then I'd experiment with a creamy pasta dish. But skim milk doesn't really provide much creaminess, and low-fat cheese doesn't melt especially well. While the lackluster taste should have dissuaded me, I probably ate more because it wasn't so satisfying. Once I used the real stuff, a smaller portion did the trick.
Now that it's been almost two months since I changed my eating habits, I realize I'd been a little scared of eating more fat, probably because I'd been brainwashed as a child into thinking it's always terrible.
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