Originally Posted by Dreamliner
Most of my trainees (and perhaps most Americans) fall into the category of people who must learn moderation. This is just in the warp and woof of the fabric as far as I'm concerned. Americans are almost by definition over-eaters.
As a trainer, I see myself in the role of a negotiator. I'm like the accountant who tells them, "If you want to get here, you're going to have to cut this much. So, where do you want to cut ?" and "You can have this much, but you can't have any more." And to date, they seem to be able to do it, provided that they have a clear 'budget plan' going in. To date, I haven't had to tell anyone to cut out an entire food group. Now, that does not preclude asking them to cut out a food item because they simply cannot fit everything they like into a tight budget.
I'm sure you can understand my qualms about one-size-fits-all advice. "Go ahead, eat sugar" means something different to everyone. For some people, eating sugar can ruin a diet. People react differently to different things and are motivated by very disparate and distinct things.