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Restrained Eating: Willpower and Why Diets Fail (Why Are We Hungry? Part III)
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October 7, 2011
9:50 pm
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Martin:

You're correct that it's not good to push an analogy too far.

However, my point wasn't to liken hunger to practicing music: it was only to demonstrate that we're not perfectly rational beings whose drives are completely under our own conscious control.  I hope that much was clear.

JS

October 17, 2011
6:46 am
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And yet practicing can also be applied to eating successfully. I successfully managed my weight for decades with chronic restrained eating. It became unconscious second nature and I did not feel deprived. I simply did not take second helpings and passed on things I knew were not good for me. It's not a whole lot different than adopting a paleo diet, either. This, too, requires willpower and a certain degree of fore-planning. The food itself may be more satiating but it takes a degree of willpower not to eat poorly in many situations and takes a great deal of PFC action to make good choices up-front, especially in our culture. Try attending a potluck sometime and see if your willpower muscle gets a little usage.

October 21, 2011
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Diane:

That's an interesting perspective: restrained eating as a learnable skill. 

JS

October 28, 2011
8:00 am
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"In other words, we shouldn’t have to be hungry all the time in order to stay healthy and fit."

I'm still trying to reconcile my desire for that to be true while I'm trying to lose weight with my personal experience that I have to feel some hunger all the time to actually lose weight.

October 28, 2011
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CaptRover:

I can't possibly debug that statement without knowing what you're eating and when.

JS

October 29, 2011
1:59 am
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The key thing CaptRover is to stop all snacking. Snacking between meals screws up the hunger hormones.

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