Friday, July 21, 2006

Why do people recommend dieters not to "deprive themselves" of junk food?

The problem I've seen with most people trying to lose weight is that once they have one piece of junk, they can't help but to keep going back for more. In fact, that's what likely made them overweight in the first place. So why do "weight loss experts" recommend them to let themselves have one cookie, or one slice of cake or pizza, when it's likely they'll just want more? Wouldn't it be so much more helpful to tell them to simply replace those foods with other, healthier alternatives? Telling them to give into their cravings only makes it seem like it's somehow impossible to stay away from those things, and they just HAVE to have junk food, when that's not true at all. In fact, that's the mindset that causes most dieters to fail. Theres no place at all for junk in a healthy diet, and ask anyone who eats a mostly healthy diet, they'll tell you they can't stand the taste of most junk because theres too much fat/sugar & they enjoy REAL food much more. You're not "depriving" yourself by avoiding cookies. You're HELPING yourself. Once you go long enough without cookies, you'll realize that you don't need them at all & the craving will totally diminish. That's what happened to me.

Answer on Why do people recommend dieters not to "deprive themselves" of junk food?

You’re right, in a sense. The longer we abstain from crappy food the less we crave it. Just like drug addiction. And eventually, you’ll get to the point that IF you do eat some crappy food you feel like total crap, physically, after eating it. Further ingraining in you how crappy it is.

HOWEVER....

It depends HOW often they have this cheat meal. And how lean or fat the person is too.

A person with a LOT of fat to use does not NEED a cheat meal, apparently they been having too many of them up to now. But a person trying to lose 15lbs or less, a cheat meal per week is IMPERATIVE. For 2 reasons:

1) psychologically. Knowing we have ONE cheat meal per week will keep us on track during the week with a light at the end of the tunnel.
2) MOST importantly, physiologically. The lower in fat we get the harder and harder our body tries to retain it. Our body thinks were dying or something. A famine is here... So, a weekly cheat MEAL will SPIKE our metabolism enough to let our body know that, “Hey! Everything is fine. No famine. Calm down.” and we continue with the fat loss.