Dieting can be tough. Even if you call it healthy eating and refuse to categorize how you manage food as a diet, it’s sometimes hard. It’s human nature to want the things that we can’t have, and even the most committed of us are guilty of craving sweet treats, takeouts, comfort food, and liters of ice cream occasionally. Sometimes, it feels as though if you eat another salad, you’ll explode, and you just want to overeat on all of your favorites.
But, if you’ve been eating well and hitting your fitness goals, you might worry that giving in to your cravings will undo all of your hard work. You might also worry that if you let yourself indulge, you won’t be able to stop. And if you are proud of what you have achieved, and happy with the progress that your body is making, it can be hard to strike the right balance between eating healthily and having what you want.
In truth, however, that balance is crucial to your long-term goals, health, and even happiness. Those of us that won’t let ourselves anywhere near the chocolate aisle and that never allow ourselves even a tiny amount over our calorie goals are those that are most likely to have a massive binge. We become bored, struggle to stick to long-term plans, and even start to resent our diets. Allowing yourself the occasional treat can help you to stick to your plan long-term, hit your goals, and keep yourself going. It will certainly improve your mood, and as long as you do it right, it shouldn’t have much impact on the scales.
Moderation is Everything
Treats like gummy CBD Edibles, cookies, brownies, cakes, milkshakes, and so on aren’t the enemy. Enjoyed in moderation, they can be an essential part of your diet. Teach yourself to stop when you are full, to savor small portions, and to fit small treats into a balanced diet. When it comes to dieting, moderation is absolutely crucial.
Try New Recipes
Treats don’t have to be unhealthy. You could find some great healthy snacks that satisfy your cravings without touching your hips. Or, you could find healthy recipes for the foods that you love, such as these brownies.
Make Some Healthy Swaps
Healthy swaps are often an important part of losing weight and controlling what we eat. They let us eat relatively normally while cutting fats and sugars from our day to day diet. Swapping out your snack and treats is a great way to indulge in the tastes that you enjoy. Swap diet sodas for full fat, high protein ice creams, and fruit smoothies for shakes and sundaes and fat-free yogurts for unhealthy alternatives. Think of the things that you love the most, and ask yourself if there’s a healthier version out there.
Cut Calories Elsewhere
Sometimes, we need to stop thinking of the day. Eating takeout for dinner doesn’t mean that you need to skip lunch or not eat the next day. If you overeat by 700 calories one day, lose 100 every day for the next week, think of the big picture.
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