Cake for Breakfast Diet
Yes, I do eat cake for breakfast. It's
no secret. Ask anyone that knows me. So,
what's the deal? How do I eat cake for breakfast
and not gain weight? My dieting secret:
I don't diet. It's simple, really, and it's
called the "non-dieting approach."
What's the Non-dieting
If I'm not hungry, but suddenly I think
of some food. I remember the leftover cake,
pie, or anything else that jumps in my head
-- in the absence of any actual hunger --
then I tell myself I can have it in the
morning, for breakfast. Delaying it is then
acceptable as opposed to simply attempting
to tell myself, "No, you shouldn't
have that," or "No, you're already
too fat," or anything else I might
say to try and talk myself out of eating
it. That never works. If I tell myself,
"No," then I've just set myself
up to fail. Now, I've got to have it. I've
never been one to accept being told I can't
do or have something. This way I can have
my cake and eat it too, I just wait until
morning, and that's not so hard to do.
Riding the Hunger
Interestingly, the waiting, not having
something the instant I want it, but choosing
to wait, gives me a good feeling. I can
ride my hunger for awhile -- because it
does start to feel like hunger. Thinking
about food causes your body to salivate,
and salivation causes your digestive juices
to start rolling. Once everything gets ready
for food, well, it just waits, and waits,
occasionally sending a gurgle or something
to remind you. Those sensations are not
always hunger though, and unless you occasionally
ride the feelings, you won't ever learn
to distinguish between real hunger and wanting
At first the desire to eat is so strong
it takes quite an effort to overcome the
knee-jerk response of getting up and satisfying
that urge. The initial impulse to eat which
suddenly appears out of thin air is rarely
hunger, which is why you can learn to tell
yourself, "No. I can wait until I'm
hungry." Since actual hunger may not
arrive when it is most convenient (like
in the next 10 minutes since you want it
now), then setting an agreed upon time in
the future when you can eat, or deciding
you'll have it at your next meal, works
well. This is simply changing a habitual
response from instant gratification to delayed.
It has nothing to do with willpower, and
it is not dieting.
Once you start waiting, you'll find
yourself eating less, and naturally
your weight will start to fall as well.
For example, last night about 6:00 PM my
son asked me to fix him nachos. I had bought
all the ingredients for nachos a few days
before because I wanted them. I had eaten
a big meal just an hour or two earlier.
My husband also wanted a plate so I fixed
them both a nice, huge homemade killer nacho
platter, and then cleaned it up. "You're
not having any?" asked my husband.
"No, I already ate," I said sadly.
I did have a moment of wondering whether
I might just go ahead and have a plate myself
-- after all, they're delicious and I was
the one that wanted them in the first place
after all (I love nachos), but I realized
I had no hunger at all. I decided to let
it pass. I'll have them next time. This
isn't "Last Chance for Nachos Day."
The lesson? I'm okay, and I can choose not
to have any and the world won't stop revolving.
The sky won't fall. It's okay to sometimes
choose to say no.
Why Fad Diets
Doomed to Fail
Dieting is simply a foolhardy approach,
plain and simple. Would watering my plants
a little less make their stalks less wide?
No, it would make them all scrawny and perhaps
If you fill a balloon with 10 cups of water
it will expand to a certain size.
Now, if you only fill it with
8 cups of water, it will expand
to a smaller size, but if you
then go back to 10 cups, what
will happen? Doh! Back to the
first size, straight away. It
doesn't take a genius to see the
folly in this approach yet people
fall for the promises of fad diets
everyday. Lose 10 lbs in one day!
Lose weight while you sleep, or
the ever popular, eat all the
meat, fat, eggs, cheese and crap
that you want, just skip the bread
and potatoes and you'll be svelte
in no time!
Fad diets are not only dangerous but insane
from the standpoint of human nutrition.
How to Gain
Weight: Try Fad Diet
A popular approach for someone who's too
thin to gain weight is to put them on a
fad diet for a week, then back to normal
eating for a week, then back on the fad
diet for a week, then back to normal, and
repeating this for a month or more. After
that, our poor "once too skinny person"
will now find themselves with a healthy
helping of jelly roll around their middle,
thanks to the "teach your body how
to gain weight," process known as dieting.
The worst thing for your health is to continually
gain and lose 20 lbs. Being 20 or more pounds
heavier than the height/weight charts suggest
is healthier than the weight loss/weight
gain cycling that so many people seem addicted
to. That is a true recipe for disaster.