How Does This Affect Me?
When I speak with an overweight or obese individual they'll often tell me that they, ironically, don't even enjoy food anymore.
They will also tell me they are "Bored" of healthy food.
Now we know part of the reason why: food doesn't taste as good because they have fewer taste bud cells.
We can theorize that this is part of the reason why overweight people reach for increasingly sugary foods.
These hyper-flavored foods taste normal to them.
A lean person may find vegetables sweet and desserts overly sweet.
However, an obese person wouldn't taste the natural sweetness in vegetables at all.
Furthermore, they'd want an increasingly larger amount of desserts.
Also, neither would be satisfying.
This could also become a slippery slope even for the non-obese person who enjoys one too many cheat meals.
The more body fat you gain, the more sweetness you'll need to satisfy your "sweet tooth."
Also, the harder it'll be to enjoy healthy foods.
However, as you lose body fat, you'll grow more taste buds and be more sensitive to healthy flavors.