Enjoy the foods you crave without sacrificing your commitment to losing weight.
There are a couple of problems with the title of this post that I need to clear up. First, I don't like the word diet. To me, the word suggests that you're on a temporary program of modifying your food intake in order to lose weight. Think of how many times you've heard yourself or others saying "I'm on a diet." Get over that concept - you're not on a diet. You've modified your eating behavior to include more natural, whole foods, less sugar and less processed carbohydrates. This is the way you are now, it isn't a temporary change. That's just like saying "I'm on a diet. And any weight I lose while on my temporary diet I plan to gain right back when I go off of it." So no, you're not on a diet and you'll never diet again. You're on a permanent quest to eat better and to feel healthier than you have ever been before.
Second, I don't like the word cheat. I admit I have used it many times, it's very convenient way to explain a concept. But it also implies that the new, healthier and fitter you is still somehow a ravenous, junk food-craving beast underneath. You let your beast out on occasion to have its way so that you can keep it tamed most of the time. If you're white-knuckling your way through the entire weight loss process, I think you're missing the point. The new you has found other ways to be happy and content besides food. And you have found ways to enjoy healthier food. Your cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates have diminished over time.
So the more accurate title for this post is "How to enjoy less-than healthy foods on occasion without sacrificing your weight loss progress." But it isn't as catchy as "Tips for cheating on your diet."
Now for the tips:
Using these simple techniques, you'll be able to stay committed to your healthy lifestyle but won't feel deprived of occasional treats. The overall principle is to remain consistent and eat really well 90% of the time.
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