Does one indulgence in a day mean your whole day is blown out of the water? Does one indulgent day mean you should just take the week off? Does a few weeks of chaos mean you should quit worrying about eating healthy and working out altogether? DEFINITELY NOT!!!!
Sometimes a little slip can be good for our bodies! It may satisfy psychological and physiological cravings and help prevent you from "falling off the wagon." It's human nature to want what you can't have or aren't supposed to have, so going too long without letting yourself relax a bit can lead to binge eating. This need to be done within reason though! If the food is really fatty and bad for you, please at least share it with someone else! Don't take 2 steps backwards for the big step forward you took last week!If you get on the wrong track, reign yourself in and get right back on track! Here are some more tips from a Beachbody posting from Chalene Johnson:
- Portion size for high-calorie food = very small. Portion size for vegetables = large.
- Distract yourself when you have a very strong craving. Cravings will disappear after two minutes if you walk away and turn your attention elsewhere. (I vote for 20 pushups...you will DEFINITELY be distracted after that ;))
- Think "W.I.W.M." When you really crave something unhealthy, finish this phrase: "What do I want more?" That piece of chocolate cake or a body I feel proud of? And on rare occasions, it’s okay to pick the chocolate cake!
- We are works in progress. No one eats perfectly every day, so don’t allow one bad choice to result in bingeing the rest of the day or falling back into old habits—and that includes on vacations. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that your eating habits are, too! Look forward to all the free time you’ll have to exercise or sightsee on your long walks while on your next getaway.
- As hard as it may seem at times to get into shape, it's often more stressful, depressing, and even potentially life threatening to remain overweight.