If No One Sees You Eating It;  Does It Still have Calories?

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If No One Sees You Eating It;  Does It Still have Calories?

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I was at a breakfast meeting recently and someone arrived with homemade raspberry, white chocolate scones. I love scones. Scones are a food for which I would go off my diet. They are part of a long list of high calorie foods that tempt me. We all have such lists; whether it’s scones, ice cream, Chicken Parmesan or honey-glazed doughnuts.

I looked at the scones several times – torn between those tasty little breads versus a bowl of cut up fruit.

There have been times – okay every day for 60 years of my life – when I would have secretly eaten that scone (hidden by some cut up fruit so that no one could see me go off my diet). And, for me, one scone would probably have been the appetizer for a second scone.

Why not? What’s the harm of a scone or any special treat once in a while?

Here’s the truth of it: Aside from the fact that a good scone can be as much as 450 calories, it’s what that one scone does to your resolve and commitment that is so destructive.

Quite simply: today a scone, tomorrow a muffin, the next day a slab of mile-high chocolate cake.

Permission to waiver on your diet once can so easily become permission to do it again. That’s the slippery slope of a faltering diet commitment. Of course there are some strong people out there who can have one taste of a dessert or can go off their diet one meal a day or can successfully diet all week and eat with abandon on weekends.

But for most of us, dieting is difficult, challenging and painful. We want what we shouldn’t have and we are unhappy when we have to deny ourselves. It’s not fair – why shouldn’t we be able to have treats? Well, you can’t. It’s either stick to your diet or blow your diet. True dieting doesn’t allow for cheating. A “just-this-once” mentality is a lack of resolve.

When you eat a high calorie food – either boldly or secretly –  you are blowing your diet, not only while eating it, but very likely for the rest of that day – and days to come.

No, I didn’t eat the scone. I considered sneaking it (wolfing it down when no one was watching). I would have enjoyed it at the time. But I would have felt guilty for the rest of the day. In fact, historically, I would have given up on my diet by 10:00 AM (“Today’s diet is already ruined; I’ll start fresh tomorrow”). Instead – I got on the scale this morning and my scale was unchanged. Skipping the scone didn’t mean I lost weight, but I’ll take the same number on the scale over eating that scone and gaining weight.


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