No food is off limits
Yeah I said it.. I believe that even though some foods are healthier than others, it’s not a big deal to have an indulgent amount of a less-healthy food every day, then just get over it.
Restricting food for a particular day can create tension around eating and cause you to crave, then overeat, the very foods that you’re trying to avoid. As anyone who has ever been on a diet knows. Obsessing about the “bad” foods you’re going to take a swan dive into once your cheat day arrives is distracting and unhealthy, not to mention often a precursor to going overboard.
My clients find that eating this way is not only easier and more enjoyable, it also has no bad repercussions for their weight. On the contrary, it makes eating an overall healthy diet simpler because they’re stepping away from the obsessive “can’t have this” mindset.
No foods are off-limits and only allowed when you’re cheating, aka being “bad.” Think of it as the 80/20 or 90/10 rule. I’m all for it.
If cheat days work for you and are helping you get closer to your health and fitness goals, that’s great, and by all means you should continue with them! But if you feel that method isn’t working for you, try a different approach. The best diet is one that you can live with for the long term.
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