MYTH 7: Some Foods Simply Must Be Forbidden

By April 28, 2020 Weight Control

While it might strike you as odd, the notion that a person is going to successfully and permanently avoid a particular food – especially a highly palatable, physiological and psychologically rewarding one – is ridiculous. Inevitably, regardless of a person’s dietary or weight management desires, a situation will arise where even if it’s forbidden, he or she will choose to eat the “dangerous food.” Whether it’s a consequence of emotion, fatigue, stress, celebration, injury, or vacation, everyone knows that eventually, their forbidden foods are (at least temporarily) not always going to be forbidden.

Chocolate, ice-cream, cake, chips, pizza, peanut butter, Chinese food – everyone has food they struggle to control themselves around. For many, their strategy to deal with danger foods is to blindly restrict them – out of sight, out of mind, or so the theory goes. Some people even ask their spouses to hide their most common dietary temptations. Others will freeze chocolate bars, go on black-garbage bag-filling junk food purges, or tell friends that
they can’t join them on a regular outing because of the foods available at wherever it is the friends want to go. Oftentimes, the folks who rely on forbidden food as a weight management strategy are binge-eaters. They are the last folks who should live overly-restrictive lifestyles as studies clearly highlight overly restrictive diets as one of the primary drivers of binge eating.

To navigate the world’s dietary indulgences, a person needs to switch gears from being blindly restrictive to being thoughtfully reductive. Asking questions like “Is it worth the calories” and “What is the smallest amount of [insert forbidden food here] that I need to be happy?” can go a long way to temper forbidden-food-related weight management failure.

At Physician’s Weight Control & Wellness Center, we offer wellness coaching to help you through your weight loss journey. We have previously discussed one of the most important aspects of weight loss is changing your habits. We help you identify your habits and how they may contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle or making poor nutrition choices.

We believe in making healthy, lifelong changes to your daily eating and exercise patterns. Physician’s Weight Control & Wellness’s programs are different from other weight loss programs in that they are specifically constructed by bariatric specialists to meet each patient’s individual needs based on their body chemistry, lifestyle, and weight loss goals. Our individualized programs focus on providing positive alternatives to unhealthy habits and targeting foods which provide your body with the specific nutrients it needs for optimal energy and fat metabolism. Practical exercise and hydration are also implemented into our overall program.

We encourage you to become a part of our successful weight loss program. We offer 50 years of safety, experience, knowledge and expertise found nowhere else!

Contact us with any questions about Physician’s Weight Control & Wellness Center and how we can help you in your journey to better health.


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