Diet With An Attitude

An approach to weight control that delves into attitudes about weight, shape, appearance, and health. It requires a re-alignment of America's infatuation with food and painless dieting.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Removing Your Sweet Tooth

Scrolling through the diet ezines clogging my inbox this morning, I detected a theme in several of them: creating "permissible" desserts.


A true dessert should be totally decadent, over the top, fatally caloric but so scrumptious on the palette that weight control is thrown out the window - murder by chocolate.

But when you're on a diet, where does dessert fit in?

It doesn't.

Ingredient substitution and low calorie/low carb promises aside, the very last thing you need to complicate your weight loss battle is to tease your tongue with anything sweet. Nature tricked us by making a sweet taste addictive. Once we give in, we want more, just a little, just one more bite, just one more spoonful, more, more, more. Notice the difference with vegetables: you may love them as much as I do, but we don't CRAVE them. When we're full, we stop. Try to stop after eating one small chocolate or one teaspoon of ice cream: it's almost impossible.

If we're serious about our weight goals, the secret is not to even think about dessert or anything sweet. Keep that taste out of your mouth and you may be able to keep your hands away from your face and your elbows unbent.

Why put yourself through agony when the simple choice of tea or coffee makes a healthy third course and enlarges your backbone instead of your hips?

Remember, the diet gurus don't continue to make money unless you stay fat!

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