In an era where weight loss is king and diets are a way of life it is essential that we experience the finer and albeit, unhealthier, things in life to achieve a balance. Many of us are trapped in a revolving door of yo-yo dieting and rolling waves of exercise. If this sounds familiar, keep reading! To illustrate our point, allow us to refer to the (now) timeworn cliché that, healthy is a lifestyle change and hence, the occasional indulgence is a necessity.
If you’re trying to satisfy your sweet tooth with sugar free ice cream, or your salty craving with low fat potato chips, we recommend you cease and desist. Instead of overdoing it with the fat free, sugar free, low carb, light options we recommend splurging (just a little) on the good stuff, and here’s why…
These “diet”, imposters of real foods usually contain a plethora of harmful chemicals, sugar alcohols, hidden fats and plenty of extra sodium. When we eat fake foods, it makes it harder to feel satisfied which ultimately leads to overeating. Consuming less of the real thing will make you feel more satisfied, keep your cravings under control, derail binge eating sessions and will help you stay healthier overall.
1. Try only a cheat meal rather than a cheat day. An entire day devoted to overeating will likely result in too many extra calories and stall your progress.
2. Use less of the real stuff and skip the fake stuff. For example, use a true salad dressing but only use the recommended serving size or less. You won’t have to sacrifice taste and you’ll keep your taste buds happy.
3. Allow yourself one, small serving of your favorite food vice a day, such as a 1.5 ounce pour of bourbon or a 1-ounce piece of chocolate to keep cravings at bay without going overboard.
4. Exercise consistently to keep the body and mind healthy to meet your goals. Remember, you can’t out exercise a poor diet, so doubling up on classes or cardio at the gym in the days following a spell of binge eating or drinking may do more harm then good. It can lead to frustration, an overly sore body and possible burnout.