you can eat what you want, you just might not be able to have everything you want, all the time. so you probably can't have snickers and pop-tarts and cake and pizza and mac and cheese and starbucks all the same day, but you can probably have one or two of them. and if you work to make the foods you love better for you, then you can have more of them and more often. so, mac and cheese from a box isn't so hot nutritionally, but if you were to mix in two cups of vegetables [zucchini, spaghetti squash, broccoli, spinach, black beans and salsa, etc] to the pot you just made something that you like better for you. admittedly you probably can't start adding two full cups straightaway, you might need to start by adding half a cup of vegetables to the pot and working your way up from there, giving yourself a few weeks of the new ratio until you've adjusted. but making the foods you love better for you is a middle ground. you can also pair up the junkier foods you love with nutritionally dense foods so that you have what you want and what you need. so if you want chips and dip, make yourself get chips, dip, and cut up vegetables.
The problem with the question you asked-- What is the healthy way to eat whatever I want and still lose weight beside portion control-- is that there is no healthy way to eat whatever you want and still lose weight, besides portion control.
While it is true that there are some people who seem to be able to eat whatever they want, in whatever quantities they want (even junk food), I daresay the majority of us do not fit that category. And some of *those* people will only be able to get away with eating like that, for a period of time. As they age, their metabolism will change or their activity level will change, and eating that way will start to pack on the pounds. Which isn't even mentioning the fact that a ton of junk and sweets, even if it doesn't make you gain weight, isn't healthy anyway. It increases your risk for all sorts of diseases.
If you truly feel you're addicted, you may wish to talk to your doctor about a referral to a therapist who specializes in eating disorders. Otherwise... idk. I think dreaming of eating whatever you want in whatever quantities you want, and still being able to lose weight, is something you need to cut loose of. It's like dreaming about winning the lottery. Most probably is never going to happen and meanwhile you're not focusing on reality and finding ways to change your lifestyle that you can live with-- and that will help you reach your goals.
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I'll have to admit I'm addicted to junk food. I know it's not good for you, but every time I see something yummy, I just have to eat it. But I'm that type of person who thinks that eating whatever I want and still lose weight would be a dream come true. What is the healthy way to eat whatever I want and still lose weight beside portion control.
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