Yesterday I began to look at a subject familiar with most beginner and seasoned dieters—failure. It’s the dieter’s failure cycle. You first make a strong commitment to diet and get those pounds off. That may last for two weeks when a “trigger” comes along. It might be a commercial or a trip to the grocery store, but something will trigger a craving. This becomes a battleground. It is between your biochemical desires for a food reward and your logical thinking that you are not going to give in to the craving.
This battle is almost always lost to the body’s craving. This is the failure point. In biblical terms, the trigger is the temptation. Here’s what James has to say about this process. “14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).
I compare this to the dieter’s failure cycle. Temptation is the trigger. It’s those foods, which are the hardest to turn down. I will say from observation and experience that they will be sugar and carbs related. (I’ll discuss why this is in another blog.) As we will learn, temptation is the point where we have a choice albeit a very difficult choice and the body may very well win. That’s what James calls “drawn away of his own lust and enticed.” That’s the body sending very strong chemical signals that it desperately needs this cookie.
Lust is to “feel a strong desire for something.” In the dieter’s case, it’s a food of some sort—like a potato chip or a cookie. The senses see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. That’s normal, but they can send strong signals that will tempt the dieter.
Stay tuned for more about this cycle of failure.