Dieting is not for the faint hearted – it’s a life sentence. Yes there are those lucky few with a high metabolism who appear to be able to eat what they want and never put on weight. They’re likely to still be in their 20s, no kids, with time and money for the gym. For the majority, weight control equals maths (counting calories consumed vs. calories spent) plus motivation (willpower not to exceed calories consumed vs. calories spent). It’s a simple sum but the statistics show that many of us get it wrong and for an equally simple reason. There is no such thing as coming off the diet.
We have to accept that returning to old eating habits will inevitably cause the weight to return too. We have to create new habits that we enjoy and that hopefully will last a lifetime. We have to connect with the reasons why we want to lose weight and keep it off and remind ourselves of this when faced with temptation. Weight control is within the grasp of those who reprogramme their minds to not just accepting but welcoming the rule of following healthy eating advice at least 80% of the time. And why not? Wanting to feel fit and fabulous inside and out is why we tried the diet in the first place. In summary, the desire to fit into the LBD or reverse the threat of long term illness such as diabetes has got to be greater than the desire for another helping or the forbidden desert. However, all work and no play makes us dull and doomed for failure so I think you can have your cake and it eat it but once a week.