Saturday, January 7, 2023

No Junk January fail: Look to Alanon when diet derails

 Hi guys, 3 full days into my No Junk January weight loss challenge and already I'd failed. Sigh. What's a girl to do when the 1200 calorie diet derails? Look to Alanon and get back on the bike as fast as possible, obviously. But first, examine why diet failed and take stock. Literally. 

So I mentioned early that one crucial step in the No Junk January weight loss challenge was to de-junk the house. This means getting rid of all temptation from cupboards, fridge, pantry, etc. Take, or re-take stock of what's on offer, junkwise, before attempting to go no junk. My kryptonite, as I've said before in early posts on how I lost 100 pounds, were/are the three Ch's: chocolate, chips and cheese. 

My No Junk January weight loss challenge went off the rails because I still had some of those perps in my house from the holidays. Namely chocolate chips, tortilla and potato chips. So when nighttime rolls around, do my cravings go to broccoli? No. It doesn't take shows like "My 600-lb Life" to make it clear that obesity stems in part from inability to say no to junk food cravings. And I'm not better at it than gastric bypass patients on "My 600-lb Life" 

Talk as I might about eating healthier, if the diet derailing foods are there, I'll probably eat them. So sure, a little junk food can be worked into a calorie restricting 1200 calorie diet. But I can't eat much before the 1200 calories is used up. And one thing with junk food is that it generates a desire for itself. "My 600-lb Life" patients demonstrate time and again, when they try to sneak "a little" junk into the 1200 calorie diet portion control and trigger foods are mutually exclusive.  

So the addictive crap in junk food (sugar, HFCS, salt, "white food", etc) lead to overweight and obesity, don't satisfy hunger and create heroin-like cravings which propel us further down the overweight road to obesity. I find it better to avoid altogether. My plan is to eat up (with hopefully a lot of help from husband) opened items and donate unopened ones. The I'll restart (as Alanon says, get back on the bike) the No Junk weight loss challenge when there is less junk available. I'll keep working portion control and 1200 calorie diet as best I can. 

For more on how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or drugs, keep reading! <3 Mar

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