Forbidden foodsThere are some foods you should never eat.
FALSE. The important thing is to have a varied, balanced diet. So you can eat healthy foods and others that are less healthy, from time to time and in moderation. It has also been proven that, the more restrictions you impose upon yourself, the more you’ll want to eat those foods, and the larger the quantities.
Eating fastIt doesn’t matter how fast you eat.
FALSE. If you eat too fast, you’re likely to ignore your satiety (fullness) signals. Your body takes about 20 minutes to send the message that it’s satisfied. Imagine everything you can eat in those 20 minutes if you keep wolfing food down – way too much! When your hunger is satisfied, you feel full but not stuffed; you have no more appetite and you’re full of energy. That’s when you should stop eating!
Needs in adolescenceYour needs for energy and your hunger are likely to increase in adolescence.
TRUE. In adolescence, your body is going through a lot of changes. Plus, you’re growing! So your body needs more energy: you’re hungry! Listen to those signals, which are perfectly normal. Eat good food and enough of it.
DietsSome diets really work to lose weight.
FALSE. Why? Because these diets are too strict. All the prohibitions and deprivation make you want to give up and eat even more to catch up. And that’s not because you have no willpower! Your body’s smart: when you follow a strict diet, it resists and opts to build up its reserves. In addition, everyone has different needs. That means that it’s impossible for one diet with set portions to suit everyone!
Emotional eatingSometimes we use food to escape our emotions.
TRUE. Food can provide some temporary comfort… but it’s not the key to happiness! It’ll never help you settle a conflict or manage a problem. On the other hand, it can lead to health problems. Instead of escaping into food, it’s better to identify the source of your emotions and adopt real problem-solving methods.