Situational Control: A Hidden Key to Weight Loss

Tasty Stuff!

I’m sitting at a local “Panera Bread” location waiting to meet up with a colleague and the picture on the left is what is staring at me! A counter of croissants, breads, bagels, danishes, pastries, tarts, muffins, cakes, squares, pies and other tasty things that I don’t even know how to describe (and that’s just the bakery side, there is also a deli/sandwich shop side).

I knew I’d be having this meeting here and I was fully prepared for the temptations of Panera Bread today, and I’ve adjusted my eating schedule accordingly. Basically I’ll consume most (if not all) of my calories here today before/during/after this meeting. And it won’t be hard, a soup/sandwich combo here with a coffee and one of the pastries will easily put me between 1000-1500 calories for the day. I’ll be very content and still on track for losing weight.

This is an example of situational control for weight loss.

I know full well that I cannot be sitting in a Panera Bread and not eat at least 1000 calories. So I make sure that my day (as far as eating goes) is set up for me to eat most or all of my calories here (if I know I’ll be visiting)

This way I can crush all the awesome food Panera has to offer without feeling guilty and staying on track for staying lean or even losing weight.

Just a little bit of planning can go a long way.