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Portion control is only difficult when you are depriving yourself,” Blanchette says. “When people try and lose body fat, they tend to remove all their favorite foods form their daily meal plan in order to follow the ‘perfect diet.’” Eating perfect isn't normal and these restrictions only lead to intense cravings, she adds. “These cravings will intensify over time until you can no longer resist the urge to eat, resulting in a binge episode.”