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LOSING WEIGHT

It was just a month ago that everyone was talking about the delectable treats they looked forward to eating during the Holidays. Magazines were stuffed with recipes of all sorts. They tempted their readers to eat ingredients that nobody should put into their bodies: But Would. And Did. And now suffer from “Eaters Remorse.”

Now, in January, a mere one month after the holiday magazine articles appeared, magazines are reversing their stance. Instead of encouraging readers with new fattening recipes, they rant on about how to lose the weight THEY helped you put on by encouraging you to prepare those dishes. Most of us gained weight during the holidays and most are anxious: even desperate, to lose it.

Losing weight is the number one subject of magazine articles.Unknown-1 So many weight shedding techniques abound. I even heard of a hypnotist who advertised that in a few sessions he would help you lose weight by convincing your brain to believe that chocolate tastes like tobacco.

Everybody is getting into the act: there is the “This and This Diet,” the “That and That Diet,” and the “Dr. Such and Such Diet.” Diet experts pen articles, write books, appear on TV talk shows and drop from the sky! You know what I mean;images-1 you’ve seen them yourself.

But I have a technique that is different from the others, specially if you are health conscious in any small way.

Suppose you see a beautiful chocolate layer cake topped with a creamy, delicious looking icing. What its your first reaction? Is it “Yum Yum,” or “No No?” Rather than thinking how marvelous the cake would taste, I propose that you think of the ingredients that go into that cake. Consider what you are willing to put into your body. Your poor, hard working, unappreciated body.

Ask yourself “Would I take a whole stick of butter out of the refrigerator, unwrap it, and gobble it down? Would I pour a cup or two of sugar into a large mug and swallow every bit of it? Maybe not, but that’s what you’re doing if you eat that cake. Now when I see a tempting cake I mentally reconstruct its ingredients and think of them one at a time.

Somehow the cake no longer appeals.

The big advantage of my diet is that you don’t feel deprived. That’s because YOU, not somebody else, made the decision to forego the cake. You chose not to eat it because the individual ingredients didn’t appeal to you, even though you know that the final product tastes so good.

If you like my concept for making cake seem to be unappetizing, just wait until you hear my plan for de-appetizing pot roast!

Comments on: "LOSING WEIGHT" (25)

  1. Never thought of it this way, Ronnie. I’m sitting at the Cheesecake Factory right now. Time to test your strategy.

  2. Only comment I can add: many years ago I was a partner in a firm making ’boutique cakes’. It was the only time in my life I can honestly say I never ate cake. Sampled, yes, but never finished. Maybe there’s something in that. I only wish it were equally true of the restaurants I was involved with…

  3. Now that is a great way to look at a piece of cake.. 🙂 and yes we indulge far too much in the naughty but nice 🙂 ❤ xxx

  4. Why is it so hard to lose weight, if it was truly easy no one would be over weight

  5. Thoroughly got wrapped up in your great thinking in this post, great idea for resisting temptation, but that last line lost me, not the Pot Roast, no never please not the Pot Roast and baked potatoes.

  6. You bring a healthy perspective to the table. I admit, there are some foods/snacks I find irresistible. I tell myself, just one more. But one more is not always enough. Once I was hospitalized for taking just too much, all because we were in celebration mood.

  7. Good thinking. Makes great sense to break it down by the ingredient. Our mind is a powerful tool, and if we equate that piece of cake with a stick of butter, we might indeed put down the fork!

  8. But one little piece wouldn’t hurt would it?

  9. harvey hammer said:

    the last potroast we had was very tasteful!
    wonderful and timely post !
    Harvey

  10. Anonymous said:

    The last pot roast we had was very tasty!
    great post
    harvey

  11. I lost weight once, but it’s okay because I found it again…

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