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When you're filling your plate, Bonci says, start with the foods you know
are good for you.
"If half of the plate is red, yellow, orange, or green -- and it is not
M&Ms -- that's cool," she says. "And if another third of the plate
is lean plant or animal protein. And if the remainder of the plate is grain,
that's not fat either. But even if you decide at that point to have french
fries or a pastry -- well, there's not much more room on the plate, so
you're not getting an overwhelming dose of fat."
If you want a doughnut, Bonci tells her football players, go buy a doughnut,
not a box. Gotta have chips? Get a tiny bag, not a family-sized bag.
Not everyone has this much self-control, Dansinger says. He should know, as
the people he advises on The Biggest Loser have serious self-control
The answer for those of use who tend to be immoderate is "voluntary
submission" to someone -- a trainer, for example, or a doctor -- who will
hold our feet to the fire.
"If adherence to a plan is the key, the key to adherence is voluntary
submission," Dansinger says. "I let my patients know there is a certain
set of rules: keeping a food record, following a particular food strategy, and
exercising. The principle of being accountable to an outside authority has been
a key to my success."
The bottom line, Eckel says, is to enjoy good foods and to limit -- not deny
ourselves -- consumption of foods that carry a risk.
"We emphasize the good side of the equation: Enjoy fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish," he says. "And if we enjoy
fatty foods on certain occasions, I don't think we need to contest
The Eckel study appears in the February issue of the Journal of the
American Dietetic Association.