Cheating is mostly thought as something that is bad and can be considered failing to most, but it should not be that way. One should allocate for two cheats a week, when you want and how you want. For example, if you choose to have your two cheats in the same day then the rest of the week you will not be allowed any more cheats. Once you reach your goal weight however you may add in one more cheat per week.
How do you know what your cheats are?
Cheat foods are foods or even drinks that are considered a weakeness to you. While everyone is different common cheat foods include: Alcohol, high-fat meals, ice cream, candy, cakes, blended coffee (frappuccinos, iced coffee) processed/packaged sweets, cookies, doughnuts, fried food, regulary cheese, and unreasonable amounts of anything. What do you consider to be your weakness?
Planning your cheats for the week.
Planning your cheats are all about avoiding the guilty feeling you get when you eat or do something that you know you shouldn’t. If you plan for the week when you will have the cheat it will help you avoid that guilty feeling. Do you have a party to go to this weekend? Do you want to have a drink at the party? Then allow one drink and consider that drink one of your cheats.
It may be difficult at first to plan your cheats out each week but don’t drive yourself crazy trying to figure it out. With time and practice it will get easier to plan your cheats.
We understand that life is very unpredictable and you can plan as much as you want but sometimes unwanted variables occur. How can you get through those moments when a cheat item prevents itself and you know you just can’t avoid it even if you’ve already had your two cheats for the week? Step one is to take a deep breath and think about why it is important to you. Do you feel as if you’re being to strict on yourself? How bad do you really want this cheat? Write your thoughts down and how you are feeling. Step two is to go ahead and indulge but in a smart way. Take a small serving, or half of a cookie and walk away. Move away from the temptation and focus on something else.
When giving into an unplanned temptation don’t be hard on yourself. Instead take an unplanned cheat as a stepping stool and learn from it. Just because you gave in once it does not mean you can forget about it for the rest of the week and give into everything.
Stay motivated and stay focused. Do your best to plan ahead but don’t let one “slip-up” ruin your entire week of healthy eating and healthy living.
The media today likes to tell us what we should and shouldn’t do, and how much we should and shouldn’t weigh. In reality however, there is no right answer to the question of “ideal weight” even given with the standards such as height, body type, age and so on. Instead being “healthy” should be discovered within yourself and pursued everyday with a passion. The scale can only tell you a number and that number should not be the only definition of being healthy or not.
Three goals that you can ask yourself to help discover your “healthy” include: 1. feeling healthy 2. you are living the life you want to live without your weight dragging you down 3. you feel comfortable in your own skin. All three of these goals are attainable by focusing less on your BMI and the number on the scale. Instead focus on a weight range and once this healthy weight range is reached you will also have reached a healthy BMI without stressing over it.
While this advice may contradict what you have been told from doctors in the past, it also helps you approach the thought of weight-loss and being healthy from an entirely new perspective. Your past approaches may have solely focused on reaching that certain number, causing failure to be greater than finding success. With this new perspective of focusing on finding your “healthy” and working for a weight range not only will you be able to find success but you will be able to find long term success.