Instantly the room turns against you and your villainous statement. Certainly, there’s a devil on your shoulder who will ask: “No cake? But one slice wouldn’t hurt — would it?”
Certainly not! So you break your diet — temporarily, at least we tell ourselves — and will jump back into it after one, maybe two slices of cake (three slices tops). This is the beginning of another failed diet, and while it may seem sensible to blame yourself, it is your mindset towards dieting which has failed you.
I love birthday parties. Happy faces, merry times, and my personal favorite, delicious cake . Everyone takes a piece, forking into the butter-cream topping and reaching that oh-so-good fluffy cake center.
They ask you if you want a piece, to which you respond:
“Sorry… but I’m on a diet.”
In order to maintain a diet, you must have the discipline of a monk . Like exercise, you may be able to do it at first, but creating a lifelong habit is the real challenge. This is why keeping all food options open is the most sustainable dietary choice. Instead of looking at foods as “good” or “bad” look at food as nutrition.
From a calorie standpoint, a generous slice of yellow cake will have around 300 to 400 calories. This is the same amount of two scoopfuls of almonds, or two bananas, or a tasty low-sugar yogurt. The difference is this: that one slice of cake is nowhere near as nutritious as the aforementioned options.
Unlike those cleaner options, the cake is high in sugar and processed ingredients.
This isn’t neuroscience, but it is easier said than done. Once the cards are on the table, and the cake is right next to the salad, things get real.
It’s ok to slip up. The real problem is punishing yourself so severely for it. Diets are played like a Super Bowl game when our bodies should be treated as an entire season. If you eat quality foods for the week, one slice of cake will not kill you. There, I said it.
The most important thing is to make a long-term sustainable plan that incorporates some of your favorite foods; even if they’re unhealthy. Hold yourself accountable. Lay down some ground rules for your health.
Above all, don’t treat yourself like a tyrant by eliminating everything you love. Instead, treat yourself how a good boss treats an employee: give yourself a reward when you do a good job.
Did you know : 95 percent of people fail diets and regain weight. Why is this the case? Because limiting our favorite foods is not sustainable.
Willpower is a finite resource — it’s deeper for others — but eventually you will drive yourself insane or give in. This is why diets have a high failure rate; limiting food options is not a long-term plan.
Speaking as an investor, long-term plans are golden . We need to stop hedging our bets towards short-term extreme options like restrictive diets. Dieting is like throwing a hail mary with 10-seconds left on the clock. It may work 5% of the time, but usually, it ends with someone dropping the ball (or it doesn’t even get past the line of scrimmage).
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