Those on the lookout for a weight-loss regime should head for sticking to a mental-budget of the diet they are to intake. This should be a rough estimate of the number of calories one needs to push into the body to stay healthy. The toughest part is to stick to the mental-budget one has formulated.

The icing on the chocolate-cakes is so irresistible that all budgets go down the gutter when one sets one's eyes on these. Over-consumption is the leading cause of obesity and related disorders with the result that as of now, more than 70 million American citizens are struggling to control the food they intake.

In studies conducted on Americans, formation of mental-budgets was not found to be productive when heading for weight-loss. This was probably because participants in the study did not have an inkling of the calories in the food they were to ingest, and even when the did, the units didn't seem to collate with what they had in the form of mental budgets. Moreover, a mental-budget failed in its purpose for the lack of a clear goal or objective.

Formulation of a mental-budget goes a long way in determining your progress. You should have your goals set out clear before you, and you should orient your progress towards the goal. It is also important to make sure the formation of a mental-budget does not give you some liberties to consume food you should not consume in the normal course of time. It is consumption that is to be controlled.