You want to get healthy and transform your body, so the first thing you would think would be to completely cut out the ‘bad foods’ and temptations out of your diet, right? Not necessarily. Occasionally allowing yourself to indulge in ‘bad foods’ can actually help you achieve your goals and lead to better health. Here’s why.
The idea of completely cutting out ‘bad foods’ seems like the right thing to do, especially if you want to give your health a kick-start. The problem with this is that it puts unnecessary pressure on you. If you crave these foods and suddenly remove them from your diet they become irresistible soon they are all you can think about. It puts you in an unhealthy mindset and you just obsess over those ‘bad foods’ and find yourself resenting the healthy food you should be eating. You’re more likely to give up on your healthy eating habits if you completely deny yourself of a treat now and then. So instead of completely giving treats up, why not opt to have a ‘treat day’ at suitable intervals, such as once a week, once every ten days, or even once every month, whichever works best for you. Alternatively you could choose to have a small treat daily to satisfy the cravings. Everyone is different so it’s what works best for you and leaves you feeling happier.
By allowing yourself occasional treats, you may actually be doing your metabolism a favour. If you consistently keep your diet in a calorie deficit and low in fats, carbohydrates and sugars your body will eventually get used to it and instead of burning fat it will try and hold onto fat for as long as possible and burn fewer calories. By boosting your calorie intake now and then it pushes the body to work harder and helps you keep your metabolism stable for steady weight loss.
Completely cutting out ‘bad foods’ prevents you from really being in control of your diet. If you allow yourself a treat now and then you can control your cravings and recognise what your body needs to perform at it’s best. You’ll also find your mood is better and you don’t have to deal with the inevitable dread when invited out to meals as you know you can allow yourself to eat the good stuff every now and then, just as long as it’s in moderation.