One of the “big ideas” proposed by nutritional experts is that a varied diet is the sure-fire way to a healthier you. According to the Harvard School of Public Health; “Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss”.
The riff is that while it is true that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can provide numerous health benefits, having too many food choices can cause overeating (Rozin et al 1991). The reason is linked to our foraging past, which required consuming a variety of foods to provide an array of nutrients, while also not eating too much of one possibly toxic food source.
If this seems like a contradiction, it is.
But remember, when we foraged for food is wasn’t likely that we’d run into such great variety. Now, faced with that modern dilemma we seemingly don’t know how to hit the brakes.
Even limiting yourself to one color of M&M’s will cause you to eat up to 77% less (Kahn, Wansink).
That’s why lean and muscular SuperFit Athletes typically have less than 10-dishes that are in constant rotation. Simply put; less variation = less overeating.
The good news is that as a SuperFit Athlete you can have your body and health too. Simply make your core diet a bit bland, and get your variety by eating almost all the non-starch vegetables you like. You can go for fruit too, although I’d say a lot less. Be sure you don’t opt for oily dressings (or “juice”versions which are pure sugar) to choke these valuable “health foods” down. A good topping is plain Greek yogurt.
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