Photo: Courtesy of HarperCollins
Think long term—as in, eternity.
"The 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant proposed a helpful theory for thinking about moral issues: We can tell whether an action is good or bad if it makes sense for everyone to do it all the time. For example, is it okay to lie? No, because if everyone always lied society would fall apart. His logic is ever more useful in the fat-loss and health field. We do not want to lose body fat now only to gain it back later. For instance, the American Journal of Physiology reported that as soon as rats stopped eating less, they gained weight 20 times faster than normal. Before trying any diet or exercise program, ask yourself, 'Can I do this forever?' If the answer is yes, do it. If the answer is no, skip it."
Quoted with permission from The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better, by Jonathan Bailor (HarperCollins Publishers 2013).
Next: Advice on eating well