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Psychology: Light. illusion of taste and advantage of

urge to forget the Repeating commercials about a boring diet whether representing the facilitated products slightly no more tasty, than usual. It is not enough - Pomala in our brain the paradoxical idea creeps in: it is possible to eat some products with a mark of light and at the same time not to recover and even to lose weight!

the Situation reaches to the point of absurdity when you hear: “I already half a year cook favourite “Russian salad“ on Easy mayonnaise, but for some reason all I do not grow thin in any way …“

Easy products “work“ with

by the principle of inclusion: eating a product, we unconsciously appropriate its properties and we expect to become more harmonous. But because of “ease“ we consider eaten insignificant and we increase the volume of the absorbed food. What is absolutely natural: receiving less calories, the organism demands an additive. Besides we as if receive the indulgence on some excesses:“ Time during the lunchtime I ate “facilitated“, at last I will be able to afford a piece of chocolate cake“. How not to get to this trap?

For a start - some facts concerning “easy“ products and how they become.

Oil not oil

of the Phrase “light oil“, “easy mayonnaise“ is meant that the part of components of an animal origin in this product is replaced on vegetable to the Consumer it allows to think that a product “low-cholesteric“, and - it is essential to producer to reduce prime cost of this product. In “light“ oil the content of fat - to 20 - 40% instead of 80% is lower. Decrease in percent of fat content changes an oil consistence: it becomes softer. It allows to smear it on bread with thinner layer. But, on the other hand, decrease in fat content goes to damage to creamy taste, and we have from it no the expected satisfaction.

Calculations change everything

Such indicator as fat content percent, it can be deceptive because “fat content“ - concept not absolute, but relative. For example, on packing of mascarpone cheese the frightening figure of “80% of fat content“ is specified - it automatically is included in the list of too fat products. But if to look narrowly more attentively, we will find specifying “in relation to solid“.

A where percentage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates in 100 g of a product is specified, “40 g of fat“ appear. That is actually this product 40 - percentage fat content fatter, than some types of firm cheeses. The same rule extends to granular cottage cheese and cottage cheese in which fat content of 20% (in relation to solid) turns into 4 grams of fat on 100 g of a product - almost like in the normalized milk (3,6%). It is more reasonable to be guided by a caloric content indicator. For example, 100 g of sour cream 15 - percentage fat content contain about 170 kcal. Mayonnaise classical - 650 kcal, and low-calorie - 480 kcal. You judge - better to choose sour cream.

taste Nature

“Milk without milk“, “oil without oil“ - all this creates feeling of incompleteness, lifelessness as “sex without sex“. To lead full life, there are natural, saturated products, to feel their taste, to realize that you eat, is an only way to really sate the organism. And, feeling this saturation, to naturally dose quantity of food. People who worry about the weight, as a rule, can replace with food satisfaction of some other requirements. From this point of view the product - illusion not only is not useful, but is even harmful. He does not sate an organism, does not allow to feel full satisfaction of the food requirement, and as a result does not give the chance to separate need for food from other requirements. If slowly and with pleasure you eat a full-fledged lunch, and through short time you feel that there is a wish for something else, - it is a high time to wonder: what there is a wish for? Perhaps, your being wants absolutely other “food“: communication, care, attention, sex?

This moment of understanding of the true requirements - the first step to disposal of food dependence. The second - to find an opportunity to satisfy these requirements: intellectual, emotional, corporal. It is more difficult, problems with their satisfaction can lie at deeper level - the expert can reveal them.

Olga Dolgopolova, a Gestalt - the therapist, the candidate of psychological sciences, the employee of the Moscow institute of a Gestalt and the psychodrama.

Magic yogurts

These products always cause associations with health and symmetry. They can be natural, fruit, chocolate - all types of yogurts exist in the facilitated version. It means that their fat content is reduced to 1,5% or even 0,5%. But the more ingredients (fruit, cereals …) its power value is a part of yogurt, the more. Let`s tell, facilitated natural (1% of fat content, without additives) yogurt contains 40 calories. If yogurt fruit, its power value increases to 60 calories, as in usual natural 3,5 - percentage fat content.

Second reef: size of jars. We so often see the advertizing “Now + 25% Are Free!“ that it is time to ask a question: “And whether we need these 25%?“ Today it is possible to find jars from 70 to 180 g in department of dairy products. But 180 g of the fruit yogurt even facilitated by the number of calories are equivalent 70 g of a full-fledged chocolate dessert. In that case, maybe, it is better to prefer that more pleasure brings?

Accustoming to sweet

the Made on the basis of synthetic sweeteners (saccharin, aspartame) which are 200 - 300 times more sweet than sugar, “facilitated“ carbonated drinks keep the promise. The jar of light Coca contains 1 calorie (or as producers write, “about 0 calories“), and a jar usual - 148. The paradox is that if to drink drinks with marking of light occasionally, the difference in caloric content will not have significant effect on a figure. But at the regular use they can cause accustoming to sweet. And to fix thirst for desserts, cakes, drinks with sugar addition - whether it be even tea or coffee.

Now about chewing gum and the refreshing candies on which wrapper it is written “without sugar“: they contain approximately as much calories how many and usual. Their advantage not in “ease“, and that they reduce probability of emergence of caries.

the Confusion in consciousness

From - for the terms “dietary“, “low-calorie“ and “healthy“ products is created by

confusion in our consciousness. Dietary products are created generally for people with metabolism problems: for example, for diabetics sugar is replaced with xylitol.“ Healthy“ products - enriched with food fibers, vitamins, minerals - do not belong to the category of low-calorie. For example, the “enriched“ whole-grain bread with a seed of sunflower, flax, raisin or nuts much more kaloriyen, than usual. The same can be told about muesli: high content of grain flakes and dried fruits does this product very high-calorie. The minimum of such product provides to an organism at most of energy for a long time - such is idea of their creation. And it has nothing in common with symmetry.