For many people losing weight becomes an all or nothing event. You are either on the “diet” eating perfectly each day or you’re “off” the diet because you ate something that wasn’t on the plan. It is quite common and is somewhat a side effect from years of dieting. It also has to do with certain personality types that tend to fall into the perfectionist category.
Eating a healthy diet is the goal, but it is impossible to be perfect all the time. This is true for everyone- dietitians, personal trainers, movie stars, and models. Trying to be perfect every day will set you up for an unrealistic expectation and can actually sabotage all your efforts.
Research shows when you restrict certain foods from your diet completely, you can often end up binge eating because you become hyper focused on the forbidden food. If you’ve fallen into this common trap it’s time to have a cookie.
Once you legalize all foods you’ll find the thrill of eating a forbidden item is gone making it much easier to stick with a long-term reasonable plan. One cookie once in while will not make you gain weight, but having an entire box of cookies or giving up all your healthy habits for 1-2 weeks will. So, when you feel like you are focusing on the forbidden foods or you are faced with a party, have a cookie (or treat) and enjoy it. Having some treats in moderation will help you achieve life long results more than an all or nothing approach will.
About the Blogger:
Meri Raffetto is the founder of Real Living Nutrition, an author, triplet mom and dog butler. Learn more on our team page.