People ask me all the time if it’s alright to stray from their healthy meal plan, and most of the time I ask: what kind of results are you looking for?
The answer really comes down to the reason for “cheating” and what kind of person you are. Did you work out extra this week? Have you been on point with your diet? What food are you cheating with and how much of it are you going to eat? Do you think you might get derailed from your program if you cut yourself some slack?
You should feel confident in trusting that you won’t go totally overboard and turn a cheat day into a cheat weekend or more, and if you’re not at that point yet, it’s best to wait a while before cutting loose. Sure, it’s fine to celebrate a special occasion by dining out and I definitely do that sometimes! But designating a day of the week to indulge is ultimately not going to help you see results, and having a heavy meal or several drinks can impact your body for a longer time than just a few hours.
You don’t have to be overly strict or hard on yourself, though if you want my advice, here’s what I think: we should make sure we are maintaining good nutrition as much as possible, and it’s alright to have a special meal once in a while, not once a week or for a full day, because that can throw off your body in a way that makes it hard to stay on track. Don’t stuff yourself because you’re already straying from your healthy program and you figure you might as well do all the damage at once. When you do indulge, enjoy it while it lasts and savor the moment! That food or drink will taste even better when you know you can’t have a weekly appointment with it.
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