But I eat well all week!
One thing I don’t get is most people’s mentality to “cheat days”. They go all week eating as clean as a whistle, and then on a selected day they “blow out”. They pile in pizza, chips, burgers, cakes – you name it, it’s in there.
I really just don’t get it!
How do I stop myself craving the crap?
Simple. Allow yourself to eat it! Yes – I repeat: “allow yourself to eat it”.
When dieting for a competition, no – never. Stick to the diet, even if it kills me. For 12 weeks it’s not worth swaying.
But when I’m not dieting, if I fancy a cookie or a pork pie (my weakness!) I’ll eat it! I can’t see the point in allowing my mind to drive me insane all week and then give in and cave! If you don’t crave it, you can’t miss it. If you don’t want to crave it, control it!
Answer this – is one McDonald’s burger, or a few biscuits really going to throw your weight sky high in the off-season? Not really. As long as you get your six, weighed out and planned meals, you should be able live with yourself if you do indulge a little! Would you rather have one small bit of rubbish when you crave it once in a while, or build up all that craving for one day where you throw things off?
It’s the weekend, and I really want a takeaway!
My way of getting around this is simple – eat your normal meal as scheduled and then eat your “cheat meal” on top. Why do this? Well, if I eat what I should be eating I know I’m getting what my body needs, and of top of this I won’t be able to eat as much of the takeaway food, minimising the stuff I know my body doesn’t need!
My personal experience
I’m not a fan of eating bad food, really. I like eating how I eat because it brings structure to my life and brings the results I want. Furthermore, I don’t really like Indian food, Chinese food I can take or leave, McDonald’s etc I don’t crave either. My bad food of choice would always be pizza, and even with pizza I can’t eat a massive amount of it because I bloat on it really easily… Include a proper meal before hand and I’m looking at two slices max!
I used to be a massive bread eater. Admittedly I’d only eat wholemeal bread, never white, which technically isn’t as bad – however since since cutting it out of my diet I really don’t even think twice about it anymore.
This approach works for me. There’s no reason it can’t work for anyone else. By allowing myself the odd bag of Skittles, I don’t crave it!
It’s all about control and that’s one thing that most people lack!