I mean we need to use this lightly and it does come back to the whole making sure you’re eating the calories your body needs, not over & not under. However, what I want to share with the world is something that i’ve recently found, you CAN enjoy those chocolate and ‘crap’ foods while still making progress…. here’s what I do:
– Workout before your treats
Treats often mean carbs. Carbs are vital after your workout, your body needs the food & carbs to refuel. This means if you fancy a burger (carbs from bun, protein & fat from the mince) it will be used by your body more efficiently if you have it after a workout.
– Chocolate after a workout
This also goes for chocolate and is where and why you’ll catch me having chocolate regularly. Sugar is a carb so like said above, needed after a workout. If you choose to have your carbs from chocolate after you workout that’s up to you, just watch your calories… make sure you don’t exceed your calories.
– Drop calories before eating out
If you’re off out in the evening, these meals tend to be indulgent. I had a look and last week when I went out for food my calories came to 1500 (my fitness pal told me), that’s close to my daily calories allowance. This showed how easy it is for people to over indulge without knowing about it, also showing how easy it is to go over your calories (over your calories = weight gain). My biggest tip for this is to drop your food intake throughout the day compared to what you normally have, e.g normally have 3 eggs for breakfast? Have 2. It will help drop the amount of calories you’ve eaten that day making more way for the food you eat that night.
– Moderation not deprivation
You’ve prob heard this before, but for me it’s really true. A little bit of chocolate a day keeps the bingeing away for me – apart from if it’s my b’day then 3 pieces of cheesecakes legit happened.
– Calorie count
This isn’t for everyone & can become obsessive. Personally, for me it has been amazing for me to ensure I am eating enough through out the day, it’s also showed me where I can fit in my chocolate (can you tell I have a huge sweet tooth?) if I wanted some.
– Opt for diet fizzy drinks
You’ve prob read of the Daily Mail or something that fizzy drinks kill you haven’t you? I’m not going to bore you with the reasons why the research is floored… but I will tell you, that actually have a few cans a week won’t kill you or make you fat. But, it might just help you get through your weight loss journey – I guess this goes back to the whole depriving yourself. This might help with sugar cravings and as you get further along your journey you could look at taking them out but if right now you’re a sugar addict then this could be a good option for you…. it is for me!