Most diets depend on your ability to stick to a plan. As long as you stick to the plan, you will succeed assuming the diet is any good at all. Diet writers know the problem people have with sticking to the plan so they have tried all kinds of ways to get you to stay the course. Some give you a cheat day. Some say that as long as you stick to the diet 90% or 80% of the time, it will work. Some say eat anything you want but don’t eat much of it. However, when it gets to the bottom line, you have to say no to foods not on the diet. We know that there are foods that we have to avoid in order to lose weight and get healthy. It’s just the way it is, and that’s why 90% of diets fail.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned reading an e-book on food addiction. The bottom line in that book was that you have to abstain from the trigger foods. If the chocolate chip cookie is a trigger food for you, then you have to abstain from ever eating it. The same biochemical pathways that cause a smoker who has abstained for several months but smokes once to be back to the start again as a smoker. The chocolate chip cookie will set off a series of events that will put the dieter in total failure mode. Dieters know this is experientially true.
However, abstaining from trigger foods puts the diet back under the control of the will, and we know that willpower will not work over time. Therefore, dieters have to find a way to abstain effortlessly and take control over the will. However, what can do that?