Good Food Blog
Carb your enthusiasmPosted at 2:00PM, 17 February 2010 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
When I'm on a diet, I don't think it's just me that feels like I'm getting a raw deal. I seem to manage to deprive a fair few people along my low-carb journey too.
My boyfriend nearly cried in despair when I broke the news that our pizza-sharing days are over; my friend told me to call her back when I'm drinking booze again; and I nearly caused a riot at work after messing up the numbers of a buy-one-burger-get-one-free lunch. I'm not sure why everyone was so upset. It was me who had to eat salad.
Don't get me wrong, I know from first-hand experience that dining out with a friend who orders a Caesar salad with no croutons, chicken or dressing is not fun for anyone - but trust me I am not one for major self-deprivation, I'm just not very good at doing self-deprivation at all. As soon as I decide to restrict my calorie intake, food takes on a similar role to an errant ex-boyfriend; all you want to do is talk about it.
From the moment I ordered a sparkling water in the pub, I could feel my popularity dwindling
But February has to be the new January when it comes to dieting; after all, there's enough to feel sad about in January without a lack of cake being thrown into the mix. But from the moment I ordered a sparkling water in the pub, I could feel my popularity dwindling.
Although it could be that I'm just too preoccupied dreaming about chunky chips, creamy lattes and carrot cake to actually engage with anyone else much. I think Homer Simpson was on to something when he famously said, 'You don't win friends with salad'.
The chances are that if you're having dinner at a friend's or even eating out, you're either going to be a major pain or you have to ditch the diet. So I've had an ingenious idea. I've paid for membership at my local gym, which has made me automatically fitter and healthier, so naturally I'm now entitled to eat as much cake as I like. I'm feeling livelier already.
Does going on a diet hinder your popularity? Or do you avoid your dieting friends?