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Reactance, Day II: Implications

So, there's this thing called reactance. If you're like most people, you've probably never heard of it, and yet it has huge implications for your life.

Reactance is a psychological phenomenon -- in response to loss of a freedom, loss of choice, or a perceived loss of freedom/choice, people are quite likely to feel psychological reactance.

Psychological reactance makes you want to push back against the new restrictions, to fight and combat them, to reassert yourself and control over your world.

This can be in the form of direct resistance or pushback against the loss of freedom, and increased desire for the prohibited action.

But it does a lot of other things, too. Reactance causes people to like and enjoy whatever their threatened freedom is more than they liked it in the past, often permanently. Reactance causes people to want to reestablish freedom/control through similar types of behavior -- like increased eating of junkfood in response to being prohibited from drinking alcohol.

MaxDiet Week: Sugars, Carbs, and What They Mean for Your Weekend

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Everything you eat is primarily made up of three macronutrients, or building blocks: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Today I'm going to focus on what I've learned about carbohydrates, because they make up the bulk of most people's diets and they offer the biggest opportunity for diet improvement.

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