Ease-Up on What You Eat for Longer Lasting Results
In a world where every trendy diet seems to demonize at least one food group or type of food, or suggests that you “balance” your diet in increasingly detailed and difficult ways, it can sometimes feel like we’re never doing a good job.
And that feeling can undermine your results.
That’s right: feeling bad about your diet can actually make losing weight harder. Feelings of inadequacy, failure, and weakness can lead to comfort eating, yo-yo-dieting, and loss of motivation.
Of course, you want to feed your body healthy foods that help fuel your health and don’t pack on the pounds, too. So what to do?
Change the Way You Think of Balance
Balance doesn’t have to mean making sure every single 200 calorie snack you have is composed of a rigid number of each of your macros. It doesn’t have to mean that each day your lunch needs to be a specific number of calories. It doesn’t even mean that you can’t ever touch chocolate chip cookies again.
The problem with obsessing over your diet unhealthily is that you’re thinking about each moment as a make or break circumstance, and that’s just not the case.
There’s a reason you see successful dieters talk about cheat meals. Cheat meals don’t work for everyone, but they’re a way to “balance” your obsession with balance. They’re not the only way, however.
For example, instead of having a strict calorie limit each day, try a rolling three day average. Then if you want a latte to help power through that late Wednesday meeting, you don’t have to feel that you’ve ruined the day—and you’re less likely to think “Well, it’s already ruined, may as well order takeout.”
Or, balance your macros by the week instead of per meal. Then, if you want to go carb-less for most of the week, you’re not going to feel so awful having a piece of cake at your niece’s baby shower.
Remember, It’s Not All About Food
Also, remember that getting healthier and losing weight isn’t just about being a “perfect” dieter. Staying hydrated, getting exercise, and having plenty of sleep also help. Routines like having tea from Nuez de la India each night are also important. When you keep in mind that you’re doing 80 percent of everything right instead of feeling about the little things you’re not doing as well, your motivation and enthusiasm are higher—and so are your success rates!
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