Temptation — don’t avoid it, remove it

Dieting woman craving for cake

How do you lose weight in an effective and sustainable way? Washington Post columnist Tamar Haspel explores the answer to that question and hits on an idea with which we can agree: whenever possible, eliminate temptation.

Most of us, most of the time, don’t overeat because we’re hungry. We overeat because we’re tempted…

Like charity, environmental manipulation begins at home. After two decades of writing about nutrition, and fighting my own weight for my entire life, the single best suggestion I have is to clear your house of every single food that calls to you. Seriously. Every one.

If I had to wage a daily battle against a house full of ice cream, chips and baked goods, I would undoubtedly lose. So those things just don’t cross my threshold (except for the occasional festivity). I know I’m no match for 24/7 temptation. But, while I can’t silence the call of the Cherry Garcia all day and all night, I can silence it for the seven seconds it takes me to walk past the ice cream aisle at the grocery store.

The Washington post: To lose weight, don’t just avoid temptation. Remove it.

This is an excellent strategy. For our best tips for keeping temptation at bay, check out our guide, Living low carb in a high-carb world.

Where we differ with Haspel’s mainstream reporting is with her conclusions about whether food choices impact weight-loss success. At Diet Doctor, we believe that to reduce hunger and cravings, it really helps to eat a low-carb, high-fat diet to satiety. Once adapted to burning mostly fat, the body runs on fat instead of sugar which it makes it easier to eat less often and resist junk food.

Being on a keto diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious treats on occasion. There are many satisfying foods that are low in carbs. Check out our guide and videos below for more keto inspiration.


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  1. CLG
    My daughters bake constantly. While I found this hard at first it's pretty easy to ignore now. I will have little bites of things now and they really don't do it for me. It was a lot harder at first though!
  2. Morning
    So on point!!
  3. Linda
    If you can't do that because the tempting foods are purchased by other people with their own money, but they're more than willing to share, rearrange your food storage. Give them specific places to store those foods. And tell yourself those places are their private places. Since you don't go into other people's private places, that mind set can help you stay out of those tempting foods.

    I've done this with most of the foods my son and our roommate have-separated mine out. What's interesting is that I don't seem to have that problem with foods in the fridge or the freezers. I can put them anywhere and I'm not tempted by cold or frozen food, not even ice cream.

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