the Balance in Your Diet and Nutrition Program
Most people struggle with sticking to their diet and nutrition program.
When we diet, we are sometimes preoccupied with counting calories or
carbs without paying enough attention to nutrition.
It is too easy to
skip the calories in food that we know is good for us in favor of food
that we want to eat, but we know isn’t healthy.
The trick to finding
balance in your diet and nutrition program is to pay attention to
eating healthy, while not denying yourself access to every kind of junk
food that you really love.
One of the pitfalls of dieting is not sticking to it.
We are able to
keep it up for a few days, and we can leverage great willpower over
ourselves in order to deprive ourselves of the things we love to eat
because they are “not in our diet.” Then, often times, we experience a
rebound or rebellion. We suddenly find that our willpower takes a nose
dive and the diet and nutrition program go out the window as we slide
down the slippery slope into total overindulgence. We suddenly just
can’t get enough junk food and all rational argument with ourselves
One way to avoid this is by not holding ourselves too stringently to
our diet program all of the time. Some people find it works well enough
to do six days on and one day off. You exercise restraint for six days
a week and then for one day you allow yourself to indulge. We are not
talking about a complete binge day, just a day in which you come off
your diet, and set aside your good nutrition program so that you can
indulge in a couple of the things you love. Limit your portions, and
don’t eat everything in one day!
By allowing yourself a little of
what you love, and knowing that day will come back around again next
week, it makes it a little easier for us to find balance, and get back
on the program again the next day.
Other people find that is works well to never completely follow a diet
and nutrition program one hundred percent, but rather use it as a
guideline. You might allow yourself one indulgence every day, such as a
glass of wine with dinner, or one candy bar every afternoon. If you
know you can have one treat every day, then you can stave off binges
and mad craving attacks. However, if you do this on a regular basis,
you need to continue to balance the overall calories in that day’s food
If you are on a calorie restricted diet (1200 calories or so)
you might not benefit from allocating 300 or so calories for a candy
bar, so be careful and sensible about this. But if you are on an 1800
calorie diet, and you have a weakness for candy, this might be one way
to keep those candy cravings under control.
The best diet and nutrition program is one that works for you. Balance
and moderation are key ingredients in any program. Think about where
your weak spots are. Is it in the evening while watching T.V.? In the
afternoon at work, while watching the clock? Or in the morning when you
wake up hungry? Whenever it is, tailor your indulgences to best suit
the time of day when you are hungriest, whether your hunger is physical
or emotional, and you will greatly improve your overall chance of
sticking to your diet the rest of the time.
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