The no-dessert mentality reflects the popular belief that there are “good foods” and “bad foods.” Put more simply, most people believe that some foods will make you fat, while others are fair game to indulge in. This simply isn’t true. While some foods do have more calories, fat, or carbs, how you eat these foods is what makes all the difference. Fat isn’t bad, and neither are carbs. Restricting yourself to super-low calories isn’t healthy either.
Those who ate dessert lost an additional 15 pounds, while those without dessert gained 15 pounds. Sound familiar?
Your focus should be on having a basic understanding of the human body, so you can bend the rules to make them work for your body. This is the big picture that everyone seems to ignore: Your body is different from the bodies of your friends, coworkers, family members, and that celeb on the magazine cover. Ignoring thisreality and doing what they do might work, but if it isn’t a good fit for you, it’s inevitably going to fail.
Let’s take the Paleo diet as an example. While I have no problem with the Paleo diet in theory, people can approach a healthy diet in an unhealthy way. There are two main problems with this diet plan:
If you love pasta and bread, the Paleo diet probably won’t work for you. Sure, it might technically work for a short period, but you’ll eventually miss those foods, go back to them, and end up following a hybrid version of the plan that won’t deliver results. Should you be eating more fruits and vegetables? Of course. Does that have to come at the expense of chocolate-cherry fudge cake? No, and scientific evidence supports the eat-dessert approach. More on that in a minute.
Diets like Paleo propose the magic-bullet theory. This rationalizes a right to eat as much as you want of certain foods because they’re “healthy.” While the foods might be good for your body, if you eat too much of anything, you will gain weight. A healthy diet is not the same as a diet that helps you lose weight.
Let that sink in for a moment, as it’s something that almost everyone—including me early in my career— struggles to comprehend. Healthy foods, while good for you, still have their limits and can still make you fat.

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