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Why do people recommend dieters not to "deprive themselves" of junk food?

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July 16, 2019 / By Randy
Question: The problem I've seen with most people trying to lose weight is that once they have one piece of junk, they can't help but to keep going back for more. In fact, that's what likely made them overweight in the first place. So why do "weight loss experts" recommend them to let themselves have one cookie, or one slice of cake or pizza, when it's likely they'll just want more? Wouldn't it be so much more helpful to tell them to simply replace those foods with other, healthier alternatives? Telling them to give into their cravings only makes it seem like it's somehow impossible to stay away from those things, and they just HAVE to have junk food, when that's not true at all. In fact, that's the mindset that causes most dieters to fail. Theres no place at all for junk in a healthy diet, and ask anyone who eats a mostly healthy diet, they'll tell you they can't stand the taste of most junk because theres too much fat/sugar & they enjoy REAL food much more. You're not "depriving" yourself by avoiding cookies. You're HELPING yourself. Once you go long enough without cookies, you'll realize that you don't need them at all & the craving will totally diminish. That's what happened to me.
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Marvin Marvin | 5 days ago
You’re right, in a sense. The longer we abstain from crappy food the less we crave it. Just like drug addiction. And eventually, you’ll get to the point that IF you do eat some crappy food you feel like total crap, physically, after eating it. Further ingraining in you how crappy it is. HOWEVER.... It depends HOW often they have this cheat meal. And how lean or fat the person is too. A person with a LOT of fat to use does not NEED a cheat meal, apparently they been having too many of them up to now. But a person trying to lose 15lbs or less, a cheat meal per week is IMPERATIVE. For 2 reasons: 1) psychologically. Knowing we have ONE cheat meal per week will keep us on track during the week with a light at the end of the tunnel. 2) MOST importantly, physiologically. The lower in fat we get the harder and harder our body tries to retain it. Our body thinks were dying or something. A famine is here... So, a weekly cheat MEAL will SPIKE our metabolism enough to let our body know that, “Hey! Everything is fine. No famine. Calm down.” and we continue with the fat loss.
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Marvin Originally Answered: Why do people recommend dieters not to "deprive themselves" of junk food?
You’re right, in a sense. The longer we abstain from crappy food the less we crave it. Just like drug addiction. And eventually, you’ll get to the point that IF you do eat some crappy food you feel like total crap, physically, after eating it. Further ingraining in you how crappy it is. HOWEVER.... It depends HOW often they have this cheat meal. And how lean or fat the person is too. A person with a LOT of fat to use does not NEED a cheat meal, apparently they been having too many of them up to now. But a person trying to lose 15lbs or less, a cheat meal per week is IMPERATIVE. For 2 reasons: 1) psychologically. Knowing we have ONE cheat meal per week will keep us on track during the week with a light at the end of the tunnel. 2) MOST importantly, physiologically. The lower in fat we get the harder and harder our body tries to retain it. Our body thinks were dying or something. A famine is here... So, a weekly cheat MEAL will SPIKE our metabolism enough to let our body know that, “Hey! Everything is fine. No famine. Calm down.” and we continue with the fat loss.

Jether Jether
Cause when you deprive yourself of junk food, then you have some later on down the road you have a piece, you will go crazy and eat lot's of it. But if you eat the sames food sensible and fit it into your diet, like let's say you have two oreos but you go walking for 15 mins. your much more likely to maintain that then over indulging. Plus when you figure it all out like that, then it's no so psychological overeating, like saying well I had two, it's already screwed up my diet why not one more, repeat, repeat. Hope that helps ^_^
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Goddard Goddard
it's more that if you deprive yourself of all junk food, say chocolate, you will want it more and more and more and likely binge on it. but if you are allowed a little tiny bit a day, you won't feel deprived and not feel the need anymore to overeat. a great quantity of people overeat because they deprive themselves, not because they just feel like binging. that's why diets don't work... the more you say you can't have something the more you want it...
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Doyle Doyle
Well, they have found in numerous studies that people who feel deprived binge and eat more junk food than they would have if they would've just ate a little bit every onces in awhile.
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Doyle Originally Answered: What Classifies as junk food?
I don't get it. Is my list supposed to be longer than yours? Because you have things on your list that aren't junk. Meat, chicken, milk, orange juice are not junk food. Porage (Oatmeal) is high in fiber and can lower cholesterol. Ice, is water, and you are supposed to have 8 glasses a day. Spagetti without meat is high carb/low fat and is eaten by runners for energy before a marathon. Pizza is the four basic food groups (grains,veggies, meats and dairy) If the food comes in a plastic bag (like the doritos, and BBQ shapes) it might be junk, but most of the things on your list are real foods to be eaten while on a resonable diet. Even the pies. Funny thing, nowhere did you list chocolate as junk. And what on God's green earth is vegimite? Is it anything like Peanut Butter? If it is, then it's good for you too.

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