A couple days ago, a client of mine was telling our class how her grandson likes to go out everyday to eat with his buddies after their sports practice. Because he only gets a fixed allowance (and maybe because he is a teenager), by the end of the week, he doesn't have any money left to eat. So he has to sit at the table and drinks water while everyone else is eating.
Funny, huh? (In the "well, that is a great opportunity to learn money doesn't grow on trees" kind of way)
It really doesn't have anything to do with us, right? Because we're older and more mature (and have a better understanding of economics?).
But wait a minute......isn't this EXACTLY what many of us do?
Set aside the money issue for a moment.
Given that there is only a fixed number of calories you can eat and not gain weight (the amount equal to what you burn in a given day), if you eat too many, you are going to use up all your allotted calories for the week before you have finished that week. --Should you want to stay at a given weight, you are going to have to do the equivalent of sitting at the restaurant with you buddies drinking only a glass of water. And isn't that exactly what a diet is???
Wouldn't a better solution for that grandson be to spread his food allowance out for the week so he doesn't spend as much during the first part of the week but in turn can then eat something everyday when his group is out?
And wouldn't it make so much more sense for us to do the same thing in our eating? Eat a little less everyday so we don't ever have to diet?
Hmmmm....maybe we're not so mature after all. Bummer! But that doesn't mean we can't learn to make different choices.