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Friday, July 27, 2012

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    Hi, would you believe you answered a question that has been on my mind this week? I tried for 2 diff. days to go sugar-free; did not completely either day, but I reduced my intake from what it would have been. Thanks to posting this.
    2662 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    I think you know my bias with this, brightangel. In most situations, I don't believe in trying to beat the odds. The research on the history of this kind of restriction as a strategy to lose weight is right in line with your own experience. For all the attention given to it, especially the loud gushing from people who are in the honeymoon phase, it is a miserable failure, as are actually most attempts to lose and maintain. But even among the few who are successful, only a minority actually forego sugar, or meat, or carbs, or any other food group. Maintainers may eat smaller amounts of certain foods than the lucky never-fat, or they may eat it on fewer occasions, but they tend to eat everything.

    I've said before that Baumgarten-- eminent researcher on the topic of self-regulation and esteemed reporter of the review of thousands of articles on weight loss research-- says if there's anything he warns not to do it is swear off chocolate or any other food. And until you've done it for five years or more, you can't really say it's working. Even then, you'd be an anomaly.

    It doesn't mean long term success isn't possible. I'd think people would be glad to know there's nothing they have to give up forever.

    2663 days ago
    Very much in agreement with that (though the video didn't even show up for me, so not sure if that added anything).

    I grew up with a step-mother who went to the carob, fructose, soy, bean sprouts extreme. Any food that tasted good must by necessity be unhealthy and any healthy food had to be destroyed so it tasted terrible (soggy veggies). I swore I'd never eat like that again.

    (I even get irked when SP does food comparisons and ONLY looks at calories and fat when deciding which is better. I'll take 4 extra grams of fat for superior flavor ANY day. I can eat less if I'm happy with the food I eat.)
    2663 days ago
    I love that video. I have always hated carob and super "healthy" foods. I am of the eat what you like but do not eat it everyday. I hope you can find the best way to lose weight for you.
    2663 days ago
    My problem has never been fast food. For me it is largely (hah!) portion control.
    2663 days ago
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