Ever go into the little local market in town? Not the small gourmet market, but the little grocery store that has the marks of a family-run business. The service is friendly. Owners sometimes help stock the shelves. And the selection of foods is limited. There is one such market on Peaks Island off the coast of Portland, Maine. It\u2019s called Hannigan\u2019s. I know it well as my parents lived there for many years. During the summer you can get a slice of pizza, a traditional Maine Italian sandwich, or grocery shop up and down all of their eight aisles. There\u2019s only one kind of mustard, one brand of pasta and one cut of ground beef. But it\u2019s enough. Islanders (those who live there year round) know that, even in the worst weather the Maine coast can dish up, if they put on their boots and trudge through the snow, Hannigan\u2019s will have what they need. Tourists, on the other hand, who grumble about the limited selection, are responded to with the company slogan, \u201cIf we don\u2019t have it, you don\u2019t need it.\u201d (Read this line with a Maine twang.) That says a lot. And, so it is with weight loss. How many times have you felt like you really needed something \u2014 that Christmas cookie, or pizza with the gang during an impromptu night out. How could I possibly enjoy a large salad with grilled chicken when they\u2019re all eating pizza? We need the candy toppings at the fro-yo joint because everyone else is having it \u2014 and, after all, we\u2019re here for a treat. How devastating to have \u201cjust berries and frozen yogurt.\u201d We can\u2019t possible enjoy a Friday night without joining in on the nachos or limit ourselves to a \u201csmall plateful\u201d at the barbecue. Our needs versus our age-old, as-it-always-was lifestyle. It will be a war inside us until we realize we just don\u2019t need it. If it\u2019s not planned, it\u2019s not worth it. Along with our poor choices we\u2019ll end up with a stomach full of regret. Quite honestly ... If you don\u2019t need it, you don\u2019t need it. Kim Bensen, author of Finally Thin, was a lifetime yo-yo dieter who lost 200+ pounds and has kept it off for more than 10 years. She owns the Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center and just opened Kim\u2019s Light Caf\u00e9 and Smoothie Bar at 405 Bridgeport Ave., in Shelton. For more information, tips and recipes, go to kimbensen.com.