I know the title of this post is shocking. But have some patience, we are not kidding here!
Let us talk weight loss and my experiences with people who were sincerely trying to lose weight.
Amanda, a mother of 3, had put on so much pregnancy weight and was slowing being swallowed by depression.
But she was not a quitter and made herself strict eating and exercising routines and followed them to the T.
You know how the first day at gym is? You aim to reach there at 6 am but find yourself reaching 10-15 minutes early.
You have this enthusiasm, this will to make things happen. You sincerely complete your routine and go back home.
For one full week, you are diligent at the gym. All’s good? Wait!
Wait till the 10th day.
On the 10th day you wake up and all your motivation, inspiration, will, enthusiasm and all those positive vibes are just not there. You snooze the alarm and wake up at 9 am.
At breakfast, you promise yourself that tomorrow you will hit the gym. But the same thing happens tomorrow and day after day until your gym subscription is over.
Did you see what happened?
You were diligent, you were sincere, you wanted to make things happen. But in the end you simply failed.
Because you forgot to cut yourself some slack. You went to the gym 9 days on a trot without breaks, without rest days and you started, perhaps, with too much enthusiasm.
Now bring Amanda back into the picture. She is as diligent, as sincere and as motivated, if not more, as you were when you signed up for it.
So, for an entire week she has a diet of salads, soups, green tea, smoothies and all the right items.
But not once does she have a bite of nutella, her favourite food in the world!
A week later, she craves for nutella so much so that she finishes two entire jars of the thing!
Result? The gained more weight than she lost.
So we have always professed the theory of healthy eating. (What is healthy eating?)
If you eat healthy, you do not exclude entire food groups out of your diet rather you eat everything you should and want and balancing things out.
Now, if Amanda had had a spoon of nutella once every other day, she would have been able to continue with her routine. Which is what is exactly happening right now! :D
So, it is alright to give in to your desires every now and then.
Rather you should look at them as rewards for working hard on yourself.
For example, I eat a pastry every week because I simply love them. But I skip my weekly pastry if there has been even a single day when I did not work out.
This has done wonders for me and doing wonders for Amanda right now.
All I want to say as I conclude this article – Eat Healthy, Always.