Sometimes the most important factors in being able to stick to your diet for a long time and giving up on it early is how flexible your diet plan is. There might be times when a little bite of cheat chocolate might keep you away from developing feelings of utter deprivation and desperation.
Giving in is totally different from giving up. When you give in to a little temptation sparingly, you are only being flexible and not actually giving up on your diet plan. So does it mean that you are free to give in to cheat meals all the time and eat as many calories you may like?
Surely not if you are really interested in losing weight. But those who are successful dieters understand quite perfectly the importance of enjoying a little taste of heaven sometimes and they might also eat something off limits in their diet plan.
Sometimes the craving is not just psychological. Sometimes the deficiency of certain minerals and vitamins will cause your body to generate alerts. Your body might be deficient in certain nutrients when you are dieting and by sending signals of craving, it lets you to provide it with the missing nutrients.
When when you are sure that is is not a biological craving, you can relieve the stress of dieting by giving in to cheat meals sometimes. The best thing is to just promise to yourself to start eating healthy and be fit. However, most weight loss plans are named as diets and naturally our mind associates negative things with this because it carries the connotation of giving up on your favorite foods.
Are you worried that when you give in occasionally, you will give up on your diet permanently? This actually does not happen with those dieters who have already granted themselves advanced permissions to eat cheat meals every now and then. Just stay in moderation and you will be totally fine even when you give in to your favorite foods occasionally.
You will not feel the shame and disgust when you already know ahead of time that it is OK sometimes. Most official diet plans are devoid of craving component. They simply go on to say that all good foods are gone for good. You will need to make exceptions for cheat meals on your own.
You will get clues from your body that it needs some nutrients which you are not giving it. It might be a few carbs when you are on a low carb diet. The decision will be yours if you want to address this requirement of your body and give yourself permission of cheat meals – just a little and sparingly.