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Bad Idea: NO CAKE EVER!

FullSizeRenderYou want to eat healthier. You’ve created a nutrition plan. Cake is not a part of it.

The problem is, you really like cake. Or maybe it’s chocolate chip cookies. Or peanut butter ice cream topped with hot fudge and whipped cream. Whatever your trigger food may be, excluding it from your diet can be a big mistake.

And here’s why.

If you tell yourself that you can’t eat cake, you’re probably going to find yourself thinking about cake a lot. When you’re sitting on the couch contemplating a late night snack, you’ll probably think about cake. When you’re hungry at work, you’ll probably think about how a cake break sounds perfect. And each time you walk by a bakery, rows of freshly iced cakes will taunt you with their empty promises.

In other words, the more you deprive yourself of something, the more time you spend obsessing over that thing.

Resistance, as they say, is futile. Willpower inevitably breaks and a cake binge is almost unavoidable. And if you somehow do manage to avoid cake, you’ll do so at the expense of your sanity and the well-being of the people around you.

There’s an alternative, more sensible approach. It’s called moderation.

When a craving hits, walk to a local bakery. Instead of binging on an entire cake, give yourself permission to have a reasonable portion. Though it’s not something you’d do every day, allowing yourself to strike a balance breaks the “forbidden fruit” syndrome in which you might otherwise get stuck. Besides, life would suck in a world without cake.

To avoid sabotaging your diet, replace deprivation with moderation.

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