I bet you didn’t expect me to tell you that!
Surely I should be telling you that you’re not being strict enough, and need to make even more restrictions with your eating.
You know those diets where you have to cut everything out
- Don’t eat gluten
- You must ban caffeine
- Don’t ever eat sugar
- Only eat chicken and broccoli
- All your meals must be blended into a vegetable smoothie
Dieting needs to be sustainable, and even enjoyable, and I don’t know a single person on this earth for who any of the above guidelines are sustainable and enjoyable.
You don’t need to ban any food whatsoever. That’s right
Booze, burgers, ice cream, pizza, cereals, sweets – they can all be part of your diet, provided they fit in with your calorie intake.
By completely abstaining from your favourite foods, at some point, you will crack, and it’s here where people will give up on their diets entirely,
You feel like a failure, and decide that you’ve screwed up, so may as well not bother any more.
By allowing yourself to eat any foods, however, you can never really fail your diet. If you want to eat something, you can have it, provided you account for the calories.
It sounds crazy when you read about all these extreme diets, but adopting a flexible eating approach really is the best way to sustain long-term weight management and fat loss.
More on Flexible Eating Soon!