Lose Weight & Your Morals on the Dishonesty Diet

Maressa Brown

milkshake weight lossWeight loss isn't easy. So it's no wonder it seems like every day, there's a new "trick" being peddled by a magazine, a celebrity, or just a random schmoe with a new book or website. They want us to believe that they're the ones to solve the mystery, and if we buy into their plan, we're guaranteed to pare unwanted poundage in no time. Even Yale researchers want in on the diet industry action. Or at least, they're the latest to nab "try this!" headlines.

Their claim: You can fool your brain into enjoying, say, an apple just as much as, say, a 1/2 cup of Haagen-Dazs. All you have to do is believe the apple is 250 calories and 16 grams a fat, then the apple will leave you as satisfied as the ice cream. You alter your perception of satiety, or fullness. YUP. Totally nuts, I know.

This is one of those studies that sounds interesting in theory, but has no real application to real-life. Unless you ask your dear hubby to go get you a milkshake, perhaps, and he gets it made with non-fat fro yo and you can't tell the difference. But let's be honest -- how often is that gonna happen?!

Personally, I don't want to pretend my apple is costing me as many calories and fat grams as a serving of premium ice cream. I don't want to think I'm "indulging" when I'm not really, because a.) Where's the fun in that? If I'm going to indulge, I want to actually be indulging! and b.) Call me crazy, but I like eating healthy! I feel more satisfied with a big huge leafy green salad than a mayo-laden potato one. Maybe that's because it's actually more nutritious!

I can't help but think this study is just further proof that all of these diet tricks, schemes, strategies, and mind games are out of control. Maybe I'm being naive here, but why can't we just stop trying to mess with ourselves psychologically and instead make a concerted choice to eat healthier -- period? I don't care what those Yalies say -- when it come to weight-loss, honesty has got to be the best policy.

Do you think the "lying" method could really work for weight loss? Would you try it?

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