Here's one other myth that I wanted to point out:
- You have to eat only bland food to lose weight
While most of my meals were simple and plain, I would, at various times, choose to eat palatable food. So along this 4-month journey, I had cake, cookies, candy, pretzels, fast food, and whatever else.
First of all, this stuff obviously isn't healthy. Second, it's not like I was free-basing junk food all the time. But if situations came up, or I wanted to break the monotony of my regular eating, then I would go ahead and eat whatever I wanted. The key was that I still ate these foods to satiety, versus going on a binge.
One other interesting thing I found out about palatable food was that the timing is important. Eating palatable food earlier in the day was somehow less problematic than eating it later in the day. This goes along with a new study that shows the same thing.
There is actually a circadian connection here. I was just getting into this research last month before I got busy at work. But palatable food eaten at the wrong time (later in the day) can actually affect circadian rhythms. So in an indirect way, the problems with palatable food are circadian-driven.