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When enough is never enough

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Sometimes an irresistible desire for a large portion of more substantial food is enough to break your diet. In such cases this trick can save you. Ignore your hunger rather than tempting your urges throughout the day with bite size morsels. The payoff is greater at the end of the day and if the sensation of gorging is what you miss most this may get you through another day of dieting until you are thinking more sensibly. Wait, put it off and delay and then eat 1000 calories in one sitting, once at the end of the day, when you know you will be able to fall asleep soon after. Of course some medical conditions would rail against this and in fact doing this may bring on medical conditions, I’m not sure. Right or wrong, all I can tell you is what has been true for me at certain points.

Sometimes you just don’t want to think about it anymore. Balancing your portions requires constant vigilance, which is trying, boring and time consuming. This realization is enough to make anyone dump their shopping cart full of lean cuisine and produce in favor of a family size bag of m&m’s. But before you scuttle to the door with your 3lb’er bag, realize that this bitter self pitying thought is usually only momentary (mine almost always happens in the grocery store in front of the deli (God love salami and provolone)). If you can just wait it out without making any rash decisions it will go away with a little distraction.

Another method of coping with portion control is to leave enough calories until the end of the day in order to have small portions of what you love near sleep time, savor it and leave it (sometimes sleep is the only way you can remove yourself from an urge). You are only torturing yourself with small portions otherwise.

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