Weigth Loss Myth #7

YOU MUST COMPLETELY STAY AWAY FROM ALL “BAD” FOODS

How often do you find yourself starting yet another diet and telling yourself, “I can’t ever have ________ (fill in the blank).” Unfortunately, this plan always backfires after a few days, when you’re feeling so deprived or starved, that you find yourself polishing off the crumbs after downing the whole bag of cookies.

When you follow an overly restrictive diet, it’s inevitable that you will fail and give in to your “trigger” foods. By setting such tight parameters on “good” foods and “bad” foods, you put so much stress on yourself  to be perfect that you set yourself up for failure. There’s no way that anyone can be “perfect” 100% of the time. That’s what we call an unrealistic expectation.

A better way to live, and ensure diet success, is to find a point of balance. If you can learn to find a happy-medium, where you eat healthy, clean foods 80-90% of the time, then you can allow yourself some treats 10-20% of the time. When you occasionally indulge, you won’t look at it as a binge, a splurge, or “blowing it.” 

 Enjoying your favorite foods is an important part of living a healthy life. And when it’s time to have that brownie or hot dog, make sure to eat it slowly and enjoy each and every bite. Appreciate the taste, texture, aroma, and temperature of the food so that when you are finished, you walk away satisfied.

No Deprivation + No Starvation = Successful Weight Loss

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