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The Psychology of Healthy Eating

Written by
Dr. Geethanjali. S. S
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jul 26, 2017 and last reviewed on Nov 02, 2021   -  4 min read

Abstract

In this article, you will read about the hidden forces that drive you to grab your favorite food. Also, you will find a few tips which will help you re-engineer these forces when you see food and decide to eat it.

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The Psychology of Healthy Eating

What Is Meant By the Psychology of Eating?

There are many reasons why we eat. It could be because we feel hungry, angry, sad, or tired. On average, we make 200 food decisions a day, and 90% of them are subconscious. But, recently, most of us have been driven by a hidden force called the diet. Have you ever thought about why most people are unable to stick to their diet plan? It is because eating is a pleasure, a fact which none can deny.

If you look at the diet restrictions, it usually states what is not to be eaten, such as no dairy products, no fat, no carbohydrates, etc. The moment you try to give up a specific type of food, your brain automatically works against it. The craving for that food actually increases. For instance, you read a book titled 'Go vegan in four weeks, ' and the next thing you want to do is to eat paneer tikka masala for the last time before you try to go vegan.

What Are the Benefits of Changing Unhealthy Eating Habits?

Psychology and Weight Management:

Psychology plays an important role in addressing weight management. It focuses on both behavior and cognition.

What Factors Influence Our Eating Behavior?

Some Tips You Can Use:

Follow these tips and manipulate your food psychology to lead a happy and healthy eating lifestyle.

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Frequently Asked Questions


1.

Why Is Healthy Eating Important?

Healthy eating pattern is important for our well-being. Our overall health becomes good by eating healthy, and there are a lot of ways to do it. By making smart food choices, one can manage and lower the risk for certain chronic diseases. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of obesity.

2.

What Is a Healthy Lifestyle?

A healthy lifestyle means a way of living that helps to lower the risk of being seriously ill. All diseases cannot be prevented, but many deaths, particularly those from lung cancer and coronary heart disease, can be avoided.

3.

How Can I Start Eating Healthy?

Simple ways to start eating healthy are, eat more fruits and vegetables, as they are undeniably healthy. Limit processed foods, stop eating refined carbs, limit alcohol consumption, avoid vegetable oils and spreads, choose whole grains, practice protein control, and avoid white sugars.

4.

What Are the Ten Best Foods to Eat?

The ten best foods to eat are beans (dry beans, lentils, kidney beans), yogurt, beef liver, spinach, salmon, mushrooms, lobster, soybeans, pork, and oysters.

5.

What Should I Eat Daily?

For a healthy diet, eat 5 to 8 servings of grains, 3 to 4 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 servings of milk, cheese, and yogurt, 2 to 4 servings of poultry, meat, fish, eggs, dry beans, and nuts. Limit the use of fats, oils, and sweets.

6.

How Do I Teach My Child Good Eating Habits?

Parents can develop healthy eating habits in their children by having regular family meals, avoiding battles over the food, serving a variety of healthy snacks and foods, involving children in food shopping, and preparing meals.

7.

How to Start Eating Healthy to Lose Weight?

In order to lose weight, do not skip breakfast, eat regular meals, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, get more active by practicing regular exercise, drink plenty of water, eat high fiber foods, and use a smaller plate.

8.

How Does Your Body Change Once You Start Eating Healthy?

Our bodily functions become regular, which results in a lower amount of bloating and discomfort on having a healthy diet. Also, we tend to lose weight, and there will not be any mood swings, and our mood becomes more stable with fewer ups and downs throughout the day. In addition, we start to feel more empowered in our daily life.

9.

Why Do I Feel Hungry after Eating Healthy?

While we consume fewer calories than what the body burns, our body produces a hormone called ghrelin which is known as a “hunger hormone” because it is released by the stomach when the body needs more food. A low-calorie diet may increase ghrelin production and cause hunger, even when you have just eaten.

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