What if Food Was Calorie-Free?

Seriously.  I want you to really think about that question.

What if food was calorie-free?  Yup.  What if food had absolutely no calories whatsoever?  And no fat grams either?What if you could eat whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, and never gain a pound.

The only caveat is you would still have to feel the effects of overeating — like fullness, bloating, and a stomachache from eating too much or too many sweets.   But you will not gain a pound.  Not an ounce.Think about it.How often would you eat?  Would you eat all day long?Only have burgers and fries?  Or maybe only have pizza?Would you have chocolate cake for breakfast?  And would you eat the whole cake?  Or just a slice?Would you eat candy?  Or munch on potato chips all day long?Would you eat way past fullness, and continue to eat even though you know you’d get a stomach ache, or feel that “Thanksgiving full” feeling afterwards?food-calorie-freeOr would you get up in the middle of the night to have some of that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream?  Sneak into the kitchen hoping no one in the house wakes up and see you?  Would you eat two lunches, or maybe two dinners?  When you go to your favorite restaurant, what would you eat?I want you to really think about this question.  I mean, really think about it.  And answer the question honestly (because the only person you’d be kidding is yourself).Remember, you’d still feel the effects of overeating.

So what would you do — if food had no calories?

Have you answers?  Good.Now ask yourself…..WHY?And notice what comes up for you.Does the thrill of eating a ‘forbidden’ food suddenly become less exciting?Does the thought of eating all day long now seem tedious?  And does the temptation to sneak food now feel boring?  Does food lose it’s ‘power’ over you and no longer calls your name?Would you overeat, then restrict and deprive yourself, then overeat again?Or would you use food to fuel you, to give you energy?  Would you have dessert once in a while, anticipating with excitement the taste and feel of chocolate melting in your mouth?  Does getting pleasure from food on a consistent basis now seem like a logical choice?Now you might want to say to me, "But Dinneen, I need to lose weight?  How can I lose weight if food has no calories?"Okay — so I want you to image you are thin or at your ideal weight….Same scenario:  Food has no calories, not fat grams — but you still feel the effects of overeating.What would you do?  And why?Think about it and I’d love to hear your thoughts below…. Questions and Answers:[toggle title="Drew @ Willpower Is For Fat People"]I would probably skip meals pretty regularly. I love food, and I love eating, but the biological need to do it every day, several times, can get tedious. How many times do I have the conversation with my wife: “What do you want for dinner.” “I don’t know, what you you want?” And neither of us can come up with anything that sounds new and exciting. But we have to eat anyway. It would be like having to watch a movie three times a day, every day. There aren’t that many good new movies, and once I’ve seen all the new ones, I have to watch the ones I’ve already seen. How many times can I watch “The Princess Bride”, really?[/toggle] [toggle title="Pao"]Maybe at first I would eat lots of everything I wasn’t “allowed” to eat… I think restrictions develop sick cravings… Well, after imagining myself eating MASSIVE amounts of sweets and fats I figured out that I would go back to a healthy diet, because fast food is nice every now and then, but is gross if eaten regularly. And I KNOOW what I’m talking about. Cheers to moderation![/toggle] [toggle title="Michaela"]This is such an important question…why have I never heard it before? The answer really sheds light onto what our beliefs are about food and weight, and how we may be in a restrict-binge-repeat cycle. Food can play so many different roles depending on how it may be used as a coping mechanism to deal with anxiety, boredom, depression, etc. This links back to eating intuitively–eating not based on the nutritional value of food, but on what your body is asking for. Beautiful. Cheers to moderation![/toggle]

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