Can “Deals” Impact on Weight Control?

I was on the elliptical machine yesterday morning, watching some network news program and a commercial came on for the International House of Pancakes. For this month, if someone buys an omelet, he/she is then entitled to “all you can eat” pancakes. Wow…that is a deal! Plunk down $10 bucks for an omelet and then you can enjoy LOTS of those great looking, fluffy pancakes with the creamy butter and warm maple syrup. And, if you happen to be hungry that morning, you can keep those pancakes coming without paying an additional penny.

I am going to bet that there will be many more omelets sold at IHOP during the month of April because of this promotion. Human nature is a strong factor in behavioral patterns, and a very strong human nature factor is being compelled to do something based on a good “deal”. In the case of a trip to the IHOP, a much better deal is to order the omelet and receive the unlimited pancakes than just ordering a stack of pancakes and not get the omelet and the unlimited amount of pancakes.

“Deals”, when it comes to food at restaurants, have a great chance of derailing weight control efforts. When McDonalds offers 2 Big Macs for the price of one, who will turn down that second Big Mac? When Applebees offers up some three course meal (including a dessert) for some low price, how many people will turn down this great opportunity? Human nature has us all seeking “deals”.

During a long-term weight control journey, try to set yourself up for success by avoiding situations where a “deal” is being presented that will most likely result in you over eating or over drinking alcohol. A brunch choice that does not include unlimited Momosas will be more compatible for weight control than a brunch that does.

Here is a very good deal: Follow the SP advice of high protein/high vegetable-low carbs/low fat/low fruit/low alcohol and you WILL have a much greater chance of a longer, healthier and happier life. Now, that is a GREAT DEAL!

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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