If there is one thing that often seems to be a stumbling block to people who want to lose weight it’s this….
They think there has to be an “all or nothing” mentality to get it done.
Either they have to exist off of kale and water ( both of which I have nothing against) and live a totally miserable existence constantly checking the scale to see if a pound or two has vanished.
They go back to counting down the days till they can get back to “normal” again because they don’t think there is room in a nutrition plan for having a hamburger or Chocolate cake on occasion.
I feel bad when I see people choosing a complete deprivation plan. Mainly because I know they are setting themselves up for failure.
It’s the same when they choose a specific diet that eliminates food groups or severely restricts foods that make life enjoyable.
We just aren’t wired for complete and total extremes. None of us are.
Who wants to be at a birthday party watching everyone else eat cake or not enjoy a meal out that you splurge a little?
Freedom is being able to do those things and knowing the end of the world won’t happen because you did.
In our daily nutrition we should strive to eat well with a good balance of all food groups. Little daily healthy choices add up for long term success.
Each meal should contain good portions of vegetables and fruits and a good amount of protein ( about 30%)
A healthy lifestyle means getting the appropriate nutrients we need but allowing ourselves a bit of freedom to have that treat.
It means that we can trust ourselves enough with those foods to eat and enjoy it and move on with life. When we blend our favorite things into a healthy eating plan we are less likely to binge because we’ve restricted ourselves
Building an awareness of food in our life will help us learn balance but also will lead to a slow steady weight loss that will be permanent
And …you’ll have your cake and eat it too 😉