My supervisor from my census job, besides being my colleague, is someone at this point I can safely call a friend. She had a few to lose and recently embarked on the “cookie diet.” This is a plan where you space out eating 6 (100 calorie) cookies throughout the day, and then eat a sensible dinner.
She, of course, knows my story of weight struggle and my recent weight loss. (Maybe not so recent anymore it seems as I have been maintaining it for 2 years now.) But anyway, I was watching her eat a cookie and she let me taste a small bite – when you’re only eating a 100 calorie cookie, a tiny bite is all that can be shared! It was tasty, I guess, for what it is. But I told her of how I am not fan of “diets,” and although eating these cookies all day will give her a quick weight loss, it will not change her brain. She understood my point and said she was using it to get down to a weight that she wants, and then will go back to her habits of limiting refined sugars and proper eating.
I just can’t imagine myself on that type of diet. I know myself too well. I may be able to stick to it for a couple of days, but then would wind up binging. I would be feeling too much depravation and would cave at the first social event I attend.
As I ate my apple in front of her, I kept asking my supervisor, “Aren’t you hungry?” She swears she doesn’t get hungry and feels satiated at the end of the day. I am glad for her that she doesn’t seem to be feeling like she’s missing out, but I just keep putting myself on that diet in my head and it just always ends badly. I love food too much. Now don’t get me wrong, I love cookies just as much as the next person, chocolate chips ones especially to be exact, or oatmeal raisin, or sugar or chocolate. Oh, I could go on, but you get the picture.
But if that’s all I’m eating besides 1 meal in an entire day, then I don’t think so. Besides, by the time I would get to that 1 meal, I would tend to overeat either due to hunger or just missing the simple fact of eating something that takes more than 10 seconds to finish. I just love food too much. I love the way it tastes, the way it smells, and the different flavors and textures. The thought of just eating cookies for the bulk of my day, if even for a month, would send me into binge-mode.
Although these types of prepackaged diets are not for me, I do understand why people will use them. They take the thinking out of eating for you and give you quick results. But I always felt once you go off “their” food; the weight will come back, as you have not truly changed your eating habits to reflect how we must live in the world day to day.
I truly hope my supervisor/friend will prove me wrong and use this as a jumpstart and then go back to her old good habits and will maintain the weight loss forever. These plans do work for some as long as once they go off the diet, they don’t resort to old habits. But for me it’s always been about and will always be about real food in sensible portions combined with exercise. There it is, my secret to weight loss!