Myth: You must give up all your favorite foods to lose weight.


You do not need to avoid your favorite foods to lose weight.  

Overweight man watching television with doughnuts

Weight loss is all about a reduction in calorie intake.  Banning a single food is an over-simplistic view of weight loss.  Sure if you cannot limit your consumption of ice cream, you need to avoid it.  Everyone has a favorite junk food or drink that you have difficulty reducing consumption once you start.  But avoiding purchasing will increase its appeal and make you want it more and more.   Instead, you should allow yourself to eat the food in moderation instead of banning it.  You know your habits, and if you know you will eat a whole box of cookies once you start consuming, then you should only buy one cookie at a time. 

Bottom line: Blaming your weight gain or last of weight loss success on a single food is simplistic.  Moderation is key, but this too is overly simplistic.  

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About the Author

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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