The Hidden Cookie Diet

This is not really a diet, just a simple way to trick yourself into eating less. All you have to do on this diet is hide your cookies from yourself, so that you eat less. It uses the old saying “out of sight, out of mind”, although we prefer “out of sight, out of stomach”.

Many people keep their cookies and other snacks in the same cupboard or area of the kitchen as the kettle and tea/coffee. This generally results in cookies being snacked on while waiting for the kettle to boil or the tea to brew. Although we know that we should not eat them, we manage to convince ourselves that one little cookie will not hurt.

After you have had 5 cups of tea/coffee you could easily have eaten your way through half a packet of cookies and added 500 kcal to your daily calorie intake. This will not only stop you losing weight but will probably lead to weight gain.

Many of us have children and keep cookies as treats, so removing all cookies from the house is not always possible. So the solution is to ensure that you do not see them. If you live alone or your house mates are also on a diet then there is no excuse – throw those evil cookies away!

At first you will be concious of the fact that the cookies are no longer where they used to be. This is actually a good thing because it means that every time you make a cup of tea or coffee you will be reminded of the action you took to help lose weight. It should actually help you to build your confidence in dieting, as each cup of tea you make without eating a cookie will become a little victory. However, in time you will forget about those cookies altogether.

The same principal can be applied to any junk food / snack. Your house may be well stocked with chips, chocolate or even just fresh white bread. If it is all kept out of sight then you will not be tempted whenever you enter the kitchen and if you have children then they will also learn not to crave for junk food all the time.

You can turn this idea around as well and ensure that there are healthy snacks freely available and visible in the kitchen. Keeping a bowl of fresh fruit to snack on in the most visible area of the kitchen will mean that you see the fruit first before anything else. Also keeping fruit on a low level shelf can help encourage children to help themselves to a healthy snack.

Many children only eat junk food because it is the first thing offered to them by well meaning adults. Studies have shown that when there is health fruit such as bananas, apples and pears within easy reach of a child they are more likely to eat them than if they are forced to wait until an adult offers it to them.

So, if you are serious about losing weight, hide away all the naughty food. Out of sight, out of stomach.

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