why do we eat what we do

5. Personality Type
Each of us is different, and how we approach change varies with our personality types. Some WLC members prefer the flexibility to move foods around to accommodate hunger and changing schedules. Others want a specific detailed list of foods to eat and avoid. Some people simply need to stay the course exactly; left with too many decisions, they overeat. Knowing your "diet personality" will offer insight into why you make some of your food choices. Ultimately, you decide which approach works best to help you control the type and quantity of food you consume. 6.

Too Many Choices! My mantra is "never go to buffet restaurants. " No matter how hard I try, I end up wanting to sample "just a bite" of virtually everything on the buffet. I end up eating way too many calories, when quite frankly, I would have been just as satisfied with a soup and salad. Studies suggest that the greater the variety of food offered, the more we tend to eat.

Add more choices, and consumption increases by an average of 25%. In contrast, monotonous meals don't usually lead to overeating. Maybe it's just a matter of curiosity. Keep the variety of foods at any particular meal to a minimum, and it may help you resist the temptation to overeat. 7. Social Settings Typically, we eat more when we eat meals away from home and in the company of others. Some studies suggest that the size of the meal we consume increases with the number of people at the table.

Likewise, when you dine with health-conscious friends and family, you are influenced to eat more nutritiously. Do yourself a favor, and, whenever you can, surround yourself with people who value healthy cuisine. Making food choices is a complex behavior, influenced by many factors. Yet to be successful at, it's important to deal with food and on a rational level. So take a step back, analyze your decision-making process, and see what traits you can identify to help you make healthy and satisfying food choices.

The more you understand what makes you tick, the easier it will be to manage your food intake and daily activity. It just may be the missing piece of the puzzle that will make this your banner weight loss year. В 2005 WebMD, Inc. All rights reserved. This rang true within my own family. In working with my Italian American clients, I have always heard them lament that on Thanksgiving it is not the American customs they find so challenging in managing their weight, it's the melding of their Italian customs along with the American.

It's the antipasto, the large pasta meal, followed by the turkey, trimmings, and desserts. Being of Irish decent, this type of celebration was alien to me, until my Italian sister-in-law joined our family. On the first Thanksgiving she hosted, she served both the Italian and American menus. It was then I truly understood the challenges for my Italian American clients.