Cutting out certain food groups entirely. What's the deal?

Cutting out certain food groups entirely. What's the deal?

Hi Fellas,

One reoccuring theme is the restriction of certain food groups.

Generally, the best strategy to keep healthy is to eat a variety of foods from all food groups (grains, fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy).

If you struggle with binge eating, it is recommended that you don’t exclude any foods (unless there is a medical reason to do so). Research shows that the more you restrict, the more likely you are to have urges and binges (e.g. Polivy & Herman, 2010). 

According to the Overcoming Binge Eating book by Professor Christopher Fairburn, the only things you should go easy on (but not exclude!) is sugar, salt, and two types of fat: saturated fat (red meat, dairy foods) and trans fat (commercially baked foods and fried food). Saturated and trans fat increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, whereas unsaturated fat (fish, seafood, nuts, olive oil) reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Therefore, unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from eating certain foods, I would advise against cutting them out entirely from your diet. For more personalized advice, I would suggest speaking to a clinical dietitian with experience in eating disorders.

Dr Iakovina Koutoufa