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f1jim wrote:I believe that your advice is good if you have the type of personality for it. For some of us the semi-regular treats turn into full blown assaults on our diet. Some can open a bag of chips and limit themselves to one or two. I couldn't do that. I would promptly eat my entire bag and be looking for the next one! It actually requires too much willpower for me to limit my exposure to unhealthy foods. I have none. So for me I am much further ahead not being tempted by them. The other issue I have with that method is it sends conflicting messages to my brain about what is and isn't good food. This item is ok on Saturday nights but off limits otherwise? Too complicated for me. It's either good food or it's not.
But if you have the temperment, the will power, and the inner fortitude to pull that off I congratulate you. I encourage you to visit the journal pages here and go back through them several months, even years, and see how the occasional treats were the undoing for many, many of those following the plan. They told themselves that having the go-to treat would actually keep them on plan. It rarely works that way. Many of them find they reach a "point of decision" where they have to either attempt full adherence or give it up. Several Star McDougallers also went through this metamorphosis.
But if it does work for you that's wonderful. Whatever gets you there.
Pacificfords wrote:Allowing myself the occasional treat sends a message that what I am doing is a "treatment" that deserves reward, but the reward is in direct conflict with the goals I am trying to reach. I finally realized that it didn't make much sense and my progress (or lack of) was proof of that. That is not the message I want to send anymore after years of treating myself and being unhealthy. I agree, if it works for you long-term, that is great. I thought it worked for me but as I honestly looked back over my years of slow progress and yo-yo weights, realized that it didn't really work as I thought it had. Many times I felt like I would rather have the slow weight loss and maintain my ability to have some treats now and then. I have wasted so many years with that thinking. What is working for me now is true change to a healthy lifestyle with no compromise and no excuses. I wish I could "not be perfect" in my eating and still maintain results, but after 40+ years... in my case - it is time for some perfect. Or at least as close as I can get.
f1jim wrote:For some of us the semi-regular treats turn into full blown assaults on our diet. Some can open a bag of chips and limit themselves to one or two. I couldn't do that. I would promptly eat my entire bag and be looking for the next one! It actually requires too much willpower for me to limit my exposure to unhealthy foods. I have none. So for me I am much further ahead not being tempted by them.
Carroll wrote:Absolutely! You don't even have to be anywhere close to perfect at all... check out this professor who lost 27lbs, reduced his triglycerides by 39%, lowered his LDL by 20%, increased his HDL by 20%, and his body fat went from 33.4 to 24.9, in only 2 months!
Faith in DC wrote:You are right they are. Deep fat fried (probably in lard) is one thing I do not touch.
KatherineUK wrote:Faith in DC wrote:You are right they are. Deep fat fried (probably in lard) is one thing I do not touch.
I don't believe anyone fries chips in lard any more it would be too expensive. Probably the odd loony traditionalist who runs a lone chipshop in a remote part of Scotland or Yorkshire where they do things "proper". I have never eaten chips fried in lard (except possibly as a child at home) and I'm 52.
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