I'm sure you read the title and were thinking "How can that even be possible? Vegetables have hardly any calories!"
Well, it's true, eating salads can sabotage your plans for a healthy or low calorie meal and it's not because of the salad dressing!
We live in a time when salads are available all year long! Lettuce, spinach, and other vegetables are shipped from other countries all over the world regardless of what's happening in your part of the country.
Which is amazing because you get variety in your diet, you get to try new and delicious foods from countries around the world. But our bodies didn't evolve that way.
Our bodies evolved eating foods that were local to our area. In the winter time you had particular foods and in the summer time you had different foods.
Depending on the part of the world you live in, winter foods could include warming vegetables (like potatoes, carrots, beats, pumpkin) and your meal typically included meat. These foods were meant to keep your body warm during the winter time because your body burns more calories to stay warm.
In the summer, fruits and lighter vegetables are important to keep your body hydrated and refreshed. So why is it that eating salad can actually gain weight? Here's why:
So many women out there, choose to eat a salad everyday just because it's "healthy" or won't have a lot of calories. And it's true, salad's are good for us!! Salads are loaded with vitamins and nutrients and fiber. They are also inexpensive, easy to prepare at home and delicious.
However, the idea that they are "healthy" has many women ignore their natural body cues and biological needs and choose a salad way more often than they should.
The impact of that is overeating, binge eating, dissatisfaction, frequent hunger, and a slowed metabolism.
This is especially common in the winter months, when your body actually wants and needs something warm. Crazy, right? Let us explain.
We'll first start by saying this does not mean you should stop eating salads, however what it does mean, is it's time to get in touch with your body cues and listen to what your body really wants. Sometimes that might be a salad.
Let's discuss binge or overeating. Salads are a very light meal, often times you'll have a salad and within a couple of hours or less you're already hungry again!! In fact sometimes you're starving! How can that be?!? You've already burned off the calories you just ate in your salad.
Your body now needs more food, so you might reach for a snack (think vending machine if you didn't bring one to work with you) and somehow you still feel hungry so you might have another. Or you wait until you get home from work and you're absolutely ravished then and you can't stop serving yourself dinner or worse you find yourself uncontrollably eating dessert.
Sound familiar? You would have eaten fewer calories had you just had a heartier or satisfying lunch (instead of skimping on calories with a salad).
Now let's say you have ultimate control over your hunger and you don't allow yourself to eat any more than what you think you should even though you are starving or by the time you get to dinner you're not hungry any more. The impact is you are slowing your metabolism.
Every time you don't eat when you're biologically hungry your digestion and metabolism slow down.
It may even slow down to the point that you don't feel hunger anymore. So now the question is what do you do?
Listen to your body cues, listen to what your body is really craving.
If you really want a salad and you're still getting hungry you may need to add protein (nuts or meat) to have it last longer or you might want to bring healthier snack options to fill in before dinner.
If you never have an appetite and you feel like you're still gaining weight, it may be time to give your metabolism a little boost. Try eating something small every couple of hours!
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Hannah & Marisa