The problem with all the diets I have encountered and tried is that they take away my adaptive energy. When my reserves for adaptation to my problems are low, it is more difficult to maintain a diet. Everyday living consumes energy, and eating is our body’s way to restore our energy, so there is a conflict between getting food energy to be used for coping with our lives and overeating to gain that energy.

The goal of the adaptive stress diet is to bring your various daily stressors under your conscious control. You may not be able to do much to control those stressors, because they are part of your life, but if you can reduce your psychic expenditure of energy while dealing with them you will have more left over for all of your other problems. Sometimes you can just be somewhere else when a problem is due to appear, or you can avoid people you don’t like by not going where they hang out. There’s no sense in getting stressed out by being with people you don’t like and who don’t like you. Possibly they don’t get along with anyone, and when you are with them you are the one who will get their problems hitting on you. All I am saying is spot your stressors and avoid them as much as possible.

The goal of this procedure is to reduce your avoidable problems so you will have more adaptive energy left over for coping with your unavoidable problems. Lowering your overall stress level will make it easier to cope with your weight problem, because you will not need as much energy that your body thinks you need to cope with your constant elevated stress.

When it comes to eating, put out the right amount to eat and just relax and eat it, and have some pre-planned enjoyable low stress activity away from any source of food or beverage. If you have eaten enough you won’t be hungry and any desire for more food is psychological, because it’s a stress reducer. I like to take a stroll with a friend and just have a pleasant conversation about nothing in particular. If that isn’t available just going to another room and having a conversation with a pleasant friend, or even watching TV. But if you watch TV choose a low-stress show. If I watch a great boxing match my stress levels go way up. I know that’s true because I can feel my heart pounding. So, I don’t watch boxing events any more.

Sleep is a great stress reducer, and sleeping well is best accomplished by going to bed relaxed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning.

Gain control of your stress creators by avoiding them, and you will have the energy to control the stressors that come your way.