Do You Have to Eat Food You Do Not Like When Losing Weight?

Do Not Eat It If You Do Not Like It

What do all these foods have in common?

Greek yogurt

Wheatgrass

Blueberries

Green tea

Salmon

Spinach

Acai juice

Steel cut oats

Avocados

These foods are all on various “superfoods” lists. Superfoods lists vary a bit from website to website, but the general principle remains the same. Superfoods are supposed to be super good for you health wise and some of them may even help you lose weight. Who knows for sure.

But, the suggestion I have for you today is this:

If you do not like a food, then do not eat it.

I’ve met a lot of people who complain about choking down steel cut oats day after day for breakfast, or say they are trying to like avocado even though they hate it. Still more people feel like a dieting failure when they genuinely do not enjoy Greek yogurt or some other food that is legitimately good for them and someone they know has told them that particular food will help them lose weight.

I hate it when I see people figuratively beating themselves up or forcing themselves to eat foods they like just because they feel like it will make a difference in their weight loss efforts.

The truth is that it does not matter if you ever eat Greek yogurt, down an avocado, drink green tea, or have blueberries again in your life. You do not have to eat a certain food in order to lose weight and eating a food or foods you hate will only make you resent the whole weight loss process.

This weight loss journey isn’t just about eating a superfood or specialized foods, but it really is about real life weight loss. Real life weight loss is a process by which you not only lose weight but simultaneously teach yourself how to live the rest of your life at a healthy weight eating real foods that you enjoy.

I used to fall into the trap of thinking that my weight loss efforts were ruined if I didn’t eat fish or chose to avoid avocados or turned my nose up at Brussels sprouts, but I was wrong. My weight loss efforts were only ruined if I fell back into old habits and did not learn to control my portion sizes, my fat intake, and my caloric intake. Poor choices overall were what ruined my weight loss attempts, not the fact that I chose not to eat a food I didn’t even like in the first place.

What do you think: Have you ever fallen into the trap of thinking you had to eat a certain food in order to be healthy or lose weight? Why do we do this to ourselves? Diane

5 thoughts on “Do You Have to Eat Food You Do Not Like When Losing Weight?

  1. amy says:

    I really needed to read this today,so thank you. I am not a big lover of cruciferous veggies–for me it is a texture issue. I am so tired of reading that I need to eat quinoa or kale to drop unwanted pounds. I am trying very hard to just eat when I am hungry and not out of boredom;drink enough water and get in some form of exercise every day. I know I will meet my goal without stuffing my face full of celery. 🙂

  2. Jody - Fit at 57 says:

    So true Diane! It is good of we at least try to enter some new foods into our plan – I ended up loving a lot of “superfoods” I thought I would never like… BUT there are plenty to chose from so why worry if you don’t like some of them! 🙂

  3. Kitty says:

    I don’t eat foods that I’ve tried and truly don’t like (such as Greek yogurt and avocados). If I try a food a number of times, prepared various ways, and I hate it then I’m not going to eat it.

    On the other hand, during my weight loss journey (55 pounds down so far), I’ve learned to like a lot of foods that I used to not like. Sometimes, I had to try them multiple times to develop a taste and find out that I do like them (blueberries, for example). I recently replaced my morning diet soft drink with green tea. And, yes, I had to try it more than once to get to a point where I really do look forward to having it.

    I do think it is important for weight loss and maintenance to change eating habits. And, for a lot of people, just eating smaller portions isn’t enough. We need to change what we eat. But, I also believe that there is a lot of healthy good food out there so we don’t have to eat healthy food we really dislike, if we are eating a varied diet that includes lots of other healthy foods.

  4. Angela says:

    I think I know what you mean. Eating foods you hate is not a sustainable habit. However, I was raised with some pretty unhealthy eating habits. When I went away to college, there weren’t many vegetables or healthy foods I liked. I’ve found that with most foods though that if I try them enough that I’ll eventually acquire a taste for them. I certainly would not plan to eat a food I didn’t like every day, but once a month or so I try to challenge myself with a healthy food I haven’t liked in the past to see if it will grow on me.

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