Can You Eat Too Much Good Food?


Good Foods

Like many closed-ended questions, it is difficult to answer yes or no without qualifying the answer. If you're worried about consuming too many minerals or vitamins from an assortment of fresh vegetables, that's probably not going to happen. Within reason, your body is designed to use the nutrients it needs and dispose of the excess. So, as long as your overall menu plan is well balanced, it's unlikely that you'll damage your weight loss efforts by eating too many vegetable.

On the other hand, if you consume too many calories, overeating can have negative consequences. For example, a sugar-free soft drink or fat-free potato chips are indeed better for you than the fully blown version. But being better for you doesn't necessarily mean that its good food. A lot of people make this mistake when they design their own weight loss program. In this case, a calorie is a calorie and they all count.

By comparison, when you eat fresh fruits, vegetable, whole grains, lean proteins and nonfat dairy products, these foods tend to have a lot less calories than processed foods. Many of the processed foods that claim to be healthier are loaded with fat, sugar or sodium to make it taste better. So, a fat-free granola bar may be healthier than one containing a larger amount of fat but eating a couple of dozen a day will hinder your weight loss efforts.

For the most part, most people looking to lose weight already know they should be eating plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, unprocessed complex carbohydrates, fresh fruits and healthy fats. Additionally, they know they should minimize their intake of sugars, trans fats and simple carbohydrates. Since no matter how good the food is for you, calories can still add up and derail your weight loss plan. The general rule of thumb for answering this question is practice portion control and don't worry about it.

 

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