One of the worst parts of trying to lose weight is the feeling that you can’t have your favorite treat foods as much as you want them. Some diets are so restrictive that they stop you from having them at all. Denying yourself all your favorite treats on a regular basis can have a negative impact on your weight loss results.
As much as it may seem to make sense that you should cut out all high calorie, unhealthy or otherwise diet-unfriendly treat foods, enjoying he occasional reward is beneficial. Depriving yourself too much can work against your goals. It increases your risk of overeating when you do have the chance to eat your favorite treat.
Instead, it’s a good idea to focus on a more realistic strategy. Think about treat foods as something you’re allowed. The key is to make sure you have them within reason. Think of them as a pleasant reward, instead of a part of your regular meal. Stop thinking about high sugar or high fat foods as something you can have whenever you want them.
Instead, focus on making your diet a flavorful statement of nutrient density. Learn recipes you love. That said, make sure they use ingredients that are great for your body. They should contain tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and other goodies. These foods should make up the bulk of your food each day.
That way, when you want to treat yourself, you have room to add an appropriate portion of that favorite snack or dessert. If you’re eating great all the time, a candy bar isn’t going to hurt anything. Just make sure you’re not overeating it.
Don’t bother trying to find low calorie alternatives to your favorites if they just aren’t the same. Otherwise, you won’t feel fully satisfied by your treat. The whole point is to feel satisfied by it! If not, you’re adding a whole other layer of deprivation.
If you’re not sure how much of your favorite treat foods you should be having, give yourself a new rule of thumb. Allow yourself two exceptionally satisfying treats per week. You can have them both at once or over different days. You can have them in consecutive days or space them out. It’s up to you as long as you have only two.
This will allow you to continue focusing on healthy foods all week long. You’ll adapt your taste buds to less salt, sugar and fat. You’ll find natural and organic foods to be more flavorful. In fact, you’ll even discover healthy recipes that will become new, healthier treat foods. Still, you can cling to those best moments from your old life, too, so you won’t feel as though you’ve lost anything – except the weight!