How To Do A Hedonic Reset

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A hedonic reset where you purposely make your diet bland so as to help reset your palate and re-establish normal taste preferences. Sounds lame huh. Well hold on, and we will explain why it may be a good thing for you!

The modern obesogenic environment is full of hyperpalatable (delicious) foods that are rich in sugars, fats, salt, and flavorings that facilitate overeating and weight gain. Chronically eating these foods can essentially raise your baseline expectations where you need to consume more and more of these foods to get the same hit towards your pleasure centers — no different from drugs.

Spending 3–4 weeks doing a hedonic reset can help reduce that higher than normal level back down to where it should be, making many of the foods you once indulged in be too rich for your palate or, at the very least, make it so that you don’t need to eat as much of these foods to get the same joyful experience.

  • Plain vegetables
  • Raw nuts
  • Lean meats
  • Whole grain porridges
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • No condiments
  • No salting your food (but still eat salt)
  • Minimizing herbs and spices
  • No sweeteners

This is a very bland diet and it isn’t supposed to be enjoyable. But it serves a purpose.

Research has shown that taking morbidly obese adults and putting them on bland liquid diets leads to spontaneous and substantial reductions in calorie intake, all without hunger.

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