“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Quantity matters

“My new diet’s the BEST! I can eat as much as I want, as long as I exercise twice per day and avoid having any ‘muffins’ (or relevant ‘evil’ food). I love it because I can eat as much as I want to!”

If I ate a chocolate every time I heard some version of that statement… I’d be the size of a five bedroom, three bathroom house!

The idea of these diets is that as long as you do the right things in terms of your lifestyle, avoid the right foods, you can eat as many calories as you like, and they somehow won’t affect your weight.

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That’s simply not POSSIBLE.

You see, calories are containers of energy. And unused energy is stored by our bodies in various places, but mostly in fat cells. And when your fat cells get more things stored in them, they get larger, which makes your body look fatter. Simple, right? So eating too much food CANNOT be something that doesn’t affect your weight, because you can’t poop out the extra calories.

You CAN, theoretically at least, exercise enough to expend them all, but you’d have to be doing a lot of exercise – like a LOT.

The bottom line is that eating as much as you want can only work for weight loss if you don’t like food that much, or you get full and stop eating really easily. I don’t know too many people with either of these ‘gifts’.

And that’s why these diets don’t work in the long term. The initial lifestyle changes up front may help you lose some water-weight, but eating too much will begin to piles all that back on with interest.

Eat the right amount for weight loss, and you’ll lose weight. Simple.

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