Monday, September 1, 2014

The complete guide to getting yourself to like healthy food


It would be great if instead of chocolate, you regularly craved vegetables. And it actually can happen—you just have to stop eating the chocolate and start eating the vegetables.

In a study released today, researchers from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that changes in eating habits eventually changed the foods people prefer.

The researchers took MRIs of the study subjects, all healthy adults who were overweight or obese, measuring their reactions to images of unhealthy, high-calorie foods like fruit cereal and french fries, as well as healthier, low-calorie foods like baked salmon and an egg-white omelette. Then, for six months, the participants followed the Instinct Diet, created by one of the study’s authors, Susan Roberts. (She also wrote the book The Instinct Diet and is co-founder of the iDiet program.)

The study subjects were responsible for preparing their own food but followed the guideline’s menus and recipes, which combine carbohydrates low on the glycemic index with more fiber and protein. Those foods lead to slower digestion and more stable levels of blood glucose—it’s the spikes and crashes that drive you to crave and eat unhealthy foods. After six months, the scientists showed the subjects the same images. By then, the subjects had developed more of a preference for the healthy foods than they had shown at the start, and less of a preference for the unhealthy foods.

So if you’re trying to change your eating habits, there’s hope. Here are some tips from nutrition experts:

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