Why healthy cooking can be a weight gain trigger

Why “healthy cooking” can be a weight gain trigger for binge eating

Healthy cooking can be a weight gain trigger, so you need to give up cooking and focus all your energy on portion control and calorie awareness. Cooking can lead to overproduction of food, too many leftovers, and overeating. Buy meals in single quantities, skip “healthy” junk food and bin all your leftovers immediately. If you’re trying to lose weight, give up cooking to stay on track.

Wait – has Alyce gone crazy?

Ok, hear me out, kids. We often hear that in order to lose weight, you need to clear out your pantry cupboard of all processed foods, head to your local fresh marketplace and stock up on wholefoods, then get into the kitchen and start whipping up a batch of healthy food. Because we all know that processed food is “bad”, and homemade food is “good”….right?

Wrong, my friend!

I have written before about Instagram influencers and how I find Instagram to be increasingly over-positive and egotistical. It’s become an echo chamber where people congratulate each other, no matter what they’re doing. Going keto: “You go gurl!” Getting breast implants: “Slay Queen!” Having a full body overhaul and $20K worth of unnecessary surgery: “Livin Ma Best Lyfe!” Ugh. I really don’t like platforms where people can’t post links in order for their audience to investigate further.

Anyway. One of the women I follow had a major “body overhaul” including skin removal surgery. She’s now clearly gained lots of the weight back, and is going low-carb in order to try to reverse the weight gain before her next round of skin removal in March. It’s heartbreaking to see. Today she posted a huge plate of “keto” chocolate chip cookies, which apparently had only 2 grams of net carbs in total. This weight gain trigger is not often talked about.

What might seem like healthy food, often is not

Why healthy cooking can be a weight gain trigger
These are “healthy” keto cookies made with almond flour – I’d end up eating them all, wouldn’t you?

I have written before about health food that is actually bad for you in my post The hidden calories and fat in “healthy” smoothies. And then I expanded on the post with another article in The Unhealthy Foods I Eat Every Day (and Still Stay Thin). Yes, I (like you), used to try to focus on eating healthy food, and cooking healthy meals to lose weight. And it was all a waste of time. Portion control and calorie awareness is the only thing that will make you thin, aside from a bangin’ metabolism.

I always write that I am not a dietician or nutritionist, so you need to do your own research. I am just a regular Jane like you, and I used to be very overweight, to the point of obesity. You can read about my struggles with obesity here.

I love to cook, and when I have been lonely, bored, or sad, I have often used cooking as a method of entertainment. I would choose a great recipe (often something “healthy” like sushi) that had multiple processes to keep me entertained. I would then spend a long time working out my portion control, and I would use my food scale to measure out the perfect serving amounts, and neatly store the portions in my fridge. Binge eating is a problem for many people, and can be a weight gain trigger.

Of course, this would lead to binge eating, or overeating, and eventually weight gain.

I have read the book Confessions of a Reformed Dieter by Ajay Rochester a couple of times, and in it, she loses dozens and dozens of kilos, and completely changes her life. She then went on to become the host of the TV show The Biggest Loser here in Australia.

However, she has now gained all of the weight back, as have most of the contestants who were ever on the show.

Your weight gain trigger could be something “healthy”

In her book, Ajay discusses making a pan of low fat brownies for her and her son to eat. She daintily eats one, the correct serving size. Then after her son goes to bed, of course, she eats the rest of the pan of brownies. This is a typical weight gain trigger. 

So – in my opinion – it’s best to keep “trigger” foods out of the house. I know this sounds extreme, but don’t buy whole loaves of bread if they are a trigger for you. Buy a single icecream or bread roll. Buy just one serving of sushi, or a single chocolate chip cookie – do not, I repeat, do not, fall into the trap of thinking you are a star at portion control, because that’s why you’re in the place you are right now.

Portion control is best when trying to lose weight

This is my belief, from my own experience, and there are hundreds of studies online that back this statement up. Someone once told me something that really stuck with me. He said: If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less than you are now.

My whole life I had been taught, “You can eat whatever you like, so long as it’s healthy”. For many of us, this is poor advice, which causes us to gain weight.

Never make a batch of cookies, unless you can get rid of them right away. Don’t cook elaborate healthy meals and then eat too much of them because they taste so delicious. If you crave something – go out and get it – and get something high quality and small in size. Relish the flavours and eat sitting down, at a table, and eat mindfully.

Please leave me a comment using the comment function below. If you think this is bad advice, I’d love to hear your point of view.

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Why healthy cooking can be a weight gain trigger
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Find out why I think you should give up cooking for a little while if you’re really trying to lose weight. Focus on calorie awareness instead.
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Alyce Vayle | Content Strategist
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