When it comes to our favorite but harmful food such as chocolate, ice cream, sausages, crisps, we can’t help eating more than healthy diet permits. Some dietitians give us recommendations not to keep our favorite food at home to avoid unnecessary temptations. Others, conversely, give us advice not to reject it, because the total giving up only heats the desire. The truth is somewhere half way along as always.
Tactics 1. “Out of sight – out of mind”
For majority of people, such tactic works best: if we have no favorite but the harmful product at our hands, the chances not to eat or at least temporarily replace it with less caloric products are increasing. If we have chocolate or potato crisps at hand all the time and while opening the kitchen cupboard we always flash on them, so the temptation to eat for at least a bit is hard to fight. Having begun it is almost impossible to stop. If you should go for the chocolate bar in the shop, and in bad weather, these efforts help to overcome. In addition, vision plays a large part in a psychological hunger. A primary role of the matter how much food you eat at one scoop often depends on how much food you have in front of you. Researches have shown that blindfolded people eat much fewer calories than people in normal circumstances.
So the tactics “out of sight – out of mind” does not mean total rejection of a beloved product. Index is to determine for yourself the amount of product and circumstances under which you allow yourself to enjoy them. It is much easier to control portion size and frequency of use. If you decide that once a week you can afford to go to a cafe, or eat a piece of cake, drinking tea with a friend, then try to abide by your decision. At the end, you do not forbid yourself eating ice-cream or cake but merely postponed a “sweet moment” for a while.
Tactics 2. “Separation enlarges love”
The devotees of this tactics believe that the favorite meal prohibition is an infant approach to nutrition, because it is an avoiding responsibility for their actions. A mature approach provides a reasonable, responsible nutrition, the ability to recognize the feeling of satiety, the feeling of real hunger and distinguish it from the mental hunger, the ability to determine the size of portions and the ability to consciously refuse harmful or high-calorie meal.
Each of us is simultaneously “a child” who wants to eat so much favorite food how much he wants, and “an adult” who prohibits him from doing so. To satisfy “a child” we must have access to his favorite food and the opportunity to have it when he wants. But we need the process of absorption of favorite product not to be accompanied by excess weight and a sense of guilt, so “an adult” inside us must keep in mind about self-discipline and be able to control the consumption of food. Only a few have this discipline.