To Cheat or Not to Cheat that is the Fitness Blogging Challenge

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The fitness blogging challenge for today is to cheat or not to cheat on your diet. First, I want to mention that I am not a health expert nor do I pretend to have all the answers. I am someone who struggles with weight loss and keeping it off. I don’t want to put labels on it but I am trying to get the word “diet” out of my mindset and replace it with “Lifestyle Change“.

Many personal trainers and nutritionists say it is a good idea to have a planned cheat meal. I found a great list of planned cheat meal articles that discuss this very topic. My personal belief is that no one is perfect and sometimes we are going to eat something that isn’t healthy. You know what, that is ok. As long as you don’t go overboard and binge eat, then it is a reminder of why you don’t want to feel like that anymore. Some people can’t handle eating cheat meals as it will make them very sick. You know your body best so you know if eating something once in awhile off plan won’t undo all your hard work. I know I can’t be too strict either as then I will binge eat.

It can be a slippery slope so this is why I have healthy alternatives in my pantry that will help if I get a craving. If I am craving ice cream, yogurt with some frozen fruit on top can give me that same satisfaction. Sometimes when I think I’m hungry, I’m actually thirsty so I try to drink a glass of water first. That usually does the trick. I know we are all so busy juggling jobs with family, again having a plan can help you not to cheat. You can already have all the ingredients for a healthy salad sitting in your fridge waiting for you and it’s quick to prepare. Or frozen meals ahead of time and just pop it in the oven. Ok, so if that doesn’t work then doing a rotisserie chicken is still better than eating pizza or at a burger joint. You can eat a side salad or fix some frozen vegetables to go with the chicken. We do that on nights when we really don’t have time or didn’t plan ahead.

I think most of it is a mindset. I don’t call it cheating anymore which has alleviated a lot of the guilt. I also try really hard to eat clean 85% of the time, and I can afford to eat 15% off plan as long as I don’t do it daily. The last important point I want to make is don’t beat yourself up either if you eat something you shouldn’t have. It’s ok and just dust yourself off and resolve to do better. Learn from your mistakes and sometimes eating a piece of cake is just what you needed.

Comments

  1. I agree 100%, it’s about knowing your body, doing away with guilt, and changing to a positive mindset!

  2. I like your point about drinking something first…I have heard that many times you are thirsty, not hungry. Great post.

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