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Compromise is a poor strategy for dieting


© Kurhan |

Every dieter out there has had the following internal dialog at least once:

--This cookie/ice cream/cake looks delicious. Too bad I am on a diet and cannot have any of it.

--Well, maybe once piece is not going to hurt you. You will skip dinner, and that way the calories will balance out.

And in goes the "forbidden fruit". Especially this is easy to do in a city like Montreal, where Patisseries and cupcake specialty stores are a constant part of the landscape, tempting Montrealers into the sin of dietary compromise

Bärbel Knäuper  (PhD) of McGill University in Montreal has a recent research publication in Appetite magazine showing that this compensatory thinking of "I will make up for it later" never actually works, and the extra calories slip by unaccounted for. The research shows that resisting temptation further increases the dieters' willpower, and makes it more likely for them to succeed in dropping the poundage.

In summary, people who have a dieting goal should not indulge in compensatory/compromising behaviours, as they never get materialized. But think about it, one slice of cake will not hurt your diet plan, and you can always skip lunch later...Right?


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