Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The 7th Myth of Modern Day Dieting: Some Foods Must Be Forbidden

A few weeks ago I shot some short videos in my office covering the 13 myths of modern day dieting that I wrote about in The Diet Fix. Believing in these myths can break anyone's weight management efforts. Over the coming days I'll be publishing them online.

I'd bet I've written more actual prescriptions for chocolate than any other physician in North America. While of course there's no all-you-can eat chocolate weight loss program, there's also little doubt that if chocolate is one of the loves of your life, the likelihood of you living forever-more without it is slim to none. It's about the smallest amount of chocolate you need to like your life, and for most chocolate lovers, zero isn't a sustainable amount.

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  1. I don't think is true 100% of the time... My personal example is drinking sugar soda. After I stopped drinking it after college I lost over 50 pounds. I haven't gone back.

    For me at least, forswearing is a useful mental tool - it's easier for me to completely abstain from sugar-sweetened soda than to occasionally indulge. This is true because I have a healthy respect for just how bad sugar-sweetened soda was for me. I have no plans to renounce chocolate because I know the health impact of it's exposure to me is minimal - certainly a lot less than 50 pounds of fat mass

    It's also true that I found an acceptable substitute, which was diet soda - not healthy by any means, but must less destructive than sugar soda. I honestly don't know if I could have stayed away from soda had this not been available

    All this to say, there should be room in the toolkit for people to excise certain foods forever, particularly if the food is personally destructive and there are acceptable substitutes

  2. Anonymous11:00 am

    This is good advice for some people but definitely not effective for me. I'm a stress eater and if I have a little then it's possible I might have a lot, depending on the circumstances. If I could eat chocolate, cookies, ice cream every day I would.

    And if I've had a bad day and I decide I can have a little chocolate, well, that means I'll have to exercise dwindling self-control as soon as I'm done and I want more.

    For me it's easier to establish a hard stop and not eat sugar, period.

    And truth be told, I've quit a lot of things in my life. Sugar is the hardest. It's everywhere all the time and everyone's doing it.

  3. Anonymous11:42 am

    I love chocolate but have learned that there is a particular chocolate that I like best and I buy it for myself. It must be good quality,dark, and must not be wrapped around a nut or a cream centre. I am therefore never tempted to choose from a box of chocolates or chocolate candy bars like Mars or Snickers as I used to be. I can enjoy chocolate as a food, in moderation. It took a while to learn this skill but I found a new freedom once I had acquired it.

  4. If you're all happy having completely 100% cut things from your diet, then great for you! The key word is "happy". If someone's not happy with that restriction, then they're not going to stick with it, i.e. Dr. Freedhoff's constant message. Keep preaching Dr.!

  5. I have found this to be so true. As soon as I say "never again", that becomes all I want and I'm doomed to failure.

  6. This classic chocolate example is very true for me, and it's one of the things I learned to control in the store. Once I get it home, I don't control it. I'll eat all that I bought. So I learned to buy small amounts at a time, but at least I'm still able to have it in my life.