Not because you don't know how many calories are in the food. Yesterday, for example, Denise's mum offered to take us out for dinner. I knew where we were going and so I looked up the calorie content of their food. If I'd had more advance warning I would have not had a jacket potato with chilli con carne for lunch. But I'd had it already and so I was going to have to take it easy when ordering in the restaurant (a pub chain so not high-falutin' food, you understand).
So looking up the calorie content led me to the conclusion that I would have to have their 'Famous Gammon, Egg and Chips' and a 'Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae' and this would bring the meal in to under 1300 calories. Which wasn't a win, but it was better than a complete fail I.e. I wasn't going for one of the main courses which exceeded 3000 calories.
But in the process of being a good dieter and looking up the calories of all the food I also introduced into my mind the knowledge of the other food that was on offer. And by the time we got there and the waitress took our order (don't correct me on this for the sake of telling the story) I just went crazy and blurted out something that had more calories than I really intended. But not, I must say, the 3000 calorie blow out.
And this is why I make the claim that you have no control over how many calories you eat. There is always (almost) going to be something nicer than the manky low calories option. And in order to proceed and live life well, you have to eat the 'bad for you' option. And it's fine to do that. So long as you make up for it elsewhere. You can't eat like that all the time. So I shan't be feeling guilty. Not about my main course, anyway.
I still had the Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae for pudding. Even though on the website this was listed as being about 450 calories and Denise pointed out to me that the menu gave all meals containing less than 600 calories a special heart sign to show how blimming healthy the high sugar, high fat desserts are. But the menu didn't give my Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae a little heart so either the Internet was lying or the menu was lying or the people making the menu didn't think they could really justify putting a heart next to it (though profiteroles got one).
So, yes, on day 1 of my new diet (day 365 from the end) I failed. So I went home and ate and drank some more. Today I will start properly. (Can you hear the diet creaking under the weight of my massively weak will?)