It stands to reason that if we allow ourselves that occasional treat we won't feel deprived and will be more inclined to stick to our diets. The article I found draws a bold line between being indulgent and being delusional, though. There is a major difference between having an extra scoop of ice cream and finishing off the whole carton (unless, of course, there is only one scoop left in the carton!). As long as we are honest with ourselves, cheating can be OK and even beneficial to our weight loss success.
- Snack Smart
- Have your wine
- Pick things with lots of fiber
- Drink lots of water
- Avoid trigger foods
- Eat dessert
Remember, you are actually doing yourself a favor by "cheating" on your diet. It's all a balancing game, and you really just have to experiment with it and see what you can get away with. I've actually had some of my best weigh ins after cheat days! Remember, when you overindulge like I often (accidentally) do, don't feel like all is lost. Burn it off with some extra cardio!!
Should we blame bad genes for being overweight?