Diets Start Now


Most of us will go through the holidays with the intention of starting a diet as the first thing in the new year. We all know what that means - It means, we likely will eat everything we want up until January 1st, with the plan to make a big change. However, as soon as the clock hits 12, we already know the plan of a strict diet will be unsustainable.


But why wait? We know that if we don't make a change now, we likely won't be able to do it later either - instead, it will be put back until the next new year.


Consider this, if you give yourself a date you will start a strict diet, you will likely want to overindulge in food as long as you can, right? This often implies that you will get that extra slice of cake that you don't actually want, but you feel obligated to eat it now since you won't be able to eat it later.


Sounds familiar? We’ve all been there.


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The Truth about Diets and Weight Loss


Any diet that is about deprivation always begins with decadence. Coming from New Orleans, it is part of our culture. Fat Tuesday (and the two weeks preceding) are followed by Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent (40 days). Mardi Gras season has King Cake, parties, and lots of alcohol.


Lent is filled with regret, guilt, and deprivation.


Can you guess why?


It's because we plan the deprivation and feel forced to overindulge immediately since we know we won't be able to eat our favorite things anymore.

Why timing matters


As you can see, the timing matters and if you’re preparing yourself for a deprivation period to lose weight, you will likely achieve the opposite. It’s a mind-game that you keep playing with yourself - and keep losing.


Next time you plan to start a diet, why not start RIGHT NOW?


I just decided that the diet I wanted to start right now involved me drinking a glass of water before I ate another bite of anything. So, I just got up, poured a glass of water, and drank it. I stared at the bag of nuts I had been munching on and I was tempted to eat a few more nuts to make me thirstier but I resisted.


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