Because half of losing weight is a decision, and you can recreationally eat in a heartbeat, it’s not easy to stay on a
diet. The problem with cheating is that if you want to lose weight efficiently, you can’t cheat at all. Remember that
on 1500 calories of protein and fat, you’ll lose twice as much weight as on 1500 calories of carbohydrate, as
long as you don’t cheat. So, what can you do not to cheat? Sara Lee and Haagen Das aren’t going out of
business, and temptation is always going to be there. It doesn’t matter if temptation is as evil as a chocolate eclair,
or as seemingly moderate as an apple. (Remember that you store twice as much fat eating equal calories of
apples compared to eclairs, because fruit makes twice as much alpha glycerol phophate.) So, what can you do
to stay focused and not cheat? The problem is that “Not Cheating” usually turns into a game of “Yes, But.” More
Patient: I wish I could stop cheating on candy and follow your diet.
Me: Why don’t you just stop eating candy?
Patient: Yes but, I like candy and I can’t stop eating it.
Me: Why don’t you just stop putting it in your mouth?
Patient: Yes but, I have cravings.
Me: Why don’t you have your cravings, and not put the candy in your mouth?
Patient: Yes but, I can’t control myself.
Me: Why can’t you controll yourself?
Patient: Yes but, I can’t control my cravings.