Weight loss ads often make it all seem so easy… Just follow some preset rules, count the calories, avoid certain foods and hey presto! You are thin!
There are a few a big problems with structured diets and calorie counting…
Some “fatal flaws”…
Do you remember when most of the available diet and weight loss plans involved calorie counting? The logic was simple, if you consume less calories than you expend…
You lose weight!
I remember people telling me about their new diet plans and gleefully saying things like:
“Look! The diet plan says that I can eat chocolate or cakes, as long as I weigh it and count the calories – then make up for it the rest of the day!”
“This new diet is great, I can have treats every day and still lose weight!”
Weight loss ads make it seem so easy…. Yet…
There are a few problems with this kind of approach:
- Eating a little high sugar or high fat food will induce a craving for more. Like a gambler just going to the casino for 30 minutes, or an alcoholic just having 2 drinks.
- Foods that are calorie dense but nutritionally poor will result in a lack of vitamins and minerals in your diet if you stick to your calorie count. Malnutrition causes its own problems.
- Foods that are small in volume for the same calorie count will not produce feelings of satiation in your stomach. Try eating 400 calories of water melon on one occasion, and 400 calories of candies on another then see how long it takes for you to feel hungry again. It is likely that you will still feel hungry immediately after consuming the candies.
- Because you can “cheat” on a calorie controlled diet, it encourages a lack of discipline. For example, what is the difference between eating cake now with the promise of just a salad without dressing later, and a whole pizza today, with the promise of ONLY salads all day tomorrow. Why not? If your “weigh in” is not till the weekend.
- By looking forward to “treats” as something that is special or rewarding, you are elevating their attraction and value in your mind. You are literally putting these items on a pedestal in your mind which makes you value them more, and want to eat them more. You are increasing the positive feelings you have about these low quality foods.
What is the solution?
Your children, friends and work colleagues may or may not be able to fill their bellies with junk and stay slim. Maybe they can maybe they can’t. There will be slim people in your life who will become obese later.
It is very unlikely that you can live well and thrive in the long run with a bad diet.
Realize that it is your life that we are talking about. You now know that junk food makes you fat, lethargic and unhealthy. You have to stop eating it. Completely.
Do not see calorie dense food as a treat, see it as a poison.
If a lot of poison kills you, is a sprinkling of poison in your diet alright? What if it tastes really good? What if if tastes so good that you let out a little moan whilst eating it in private?
It is still poison…
Be strong now, build up a determination and a Fat Loss Mentality, then reap the rewards later. You can let out moans of pleasure in relation to real happiness and pleasure. Not fake, empty pleasures.
It is called delayed gratification, thinking of the bigger picture.