Its okay to treat yourself in moderation. All of us have guilty pleasure foods that we crave. Many times when dieting we give up eating our guilty pleasure foods for the sake of our diet. However, every once in a while it’s okay to treat yourself to your guilty pleasure foods in moderation.
You just want to make sure that when you’re treating yourself, you’re being responsible so that you’re not putting back on pounds that you have worked so hard to lose. Here are a few tips to follow when treating yourself so that you’re offsetting your weight loss progress:
Tips For Treating Yourself
1. Eat Something Filling in Advance:
Don’t treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food on an empty stomach. Eat something that is healthy and filling before you treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food. If you treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food after you’ve already eaten something filling, you will eat less of that guilty pleasure food, because you’ve already eaten and have less of an appetite. If you treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food on an empty stomach, you will eat more of that guilty pleasure food, because you have more of an appetite.
Minimizing how much of your guilty pleasure food you treat yourself to, will ensure that you don’t put back on pounds that you have worked so hard to lose through dieting.
2. Don’t Eat Excess Parts of Food
Many times when we treat ourselves to our guilty pleasure foods, we consume extra calories unnecessarily by eating the excess parts of the food that we don’t particularly like. A perfect example of this is pizza. Everybody loves pizza. However, not everyone loves pizza crust, but we eat it anyway. Do you know why we eat pizza crust? We eat it simply because it’s there. Stop doing this to yourself. If you’re going to allow yourself to cheat on your diet and intake a few extra calories, let it be on foods that you enjoy not excess parts of the food that are simply there.
Often, when treating ourselves, we will consume extra calories unnecessarily, by ordering the meal when we all we want is the entree. We may order the cheeseburger meal when all we really want is the cheeseburger. However, since we ordered the cheeseburger meal, not only do we get the cheeseburger, we get fries and drink too. The fries and drink are two items that we may not particularly want, and by consuming these two items, we intake a lot of extra calories.
3. The Earlier You Treat Yourself The Better
When you’re treating yourself to your guilty pleasure food, just keep in mind that the earlier in the day you treat yourself, the better. You want to eat as far away from bedtime as possible, so you have all those waking hours to burn off those extra calories.
4. Don’t Have “Cheat Days”
As previously mentioned, if you’re on a diet it’s okay every once in a while to cheat on your diet and to treat yourself. However, when you occasionally allow yourself to cheat on your diet let it be for just one meal and then hop right back on your diet. Don’t do what many people do and have a “cheat day”. A “cheat day:” is when you allow yourself to cheat on your diet for an entire day. When you allow yourself to cheat on your diet for an entire day you’re likely to put back on pounds that you’ve worked so hard to lose. Also, the more time you spend off your diet, the harder it is to get back on your diet. If allow yourself to cheat on your diet for just one meal, it’s very easy to snap back to dieting again. However, if you spend an entire day cheating on your diet and eating whatever you want, you may have a tough time getting back to your diet the next day.