There’s a lot of toing and froing as to whether cheat meals are a good or bad thing. The first thing I want you to do is to STOP calling them cheat meals. Just because they don’t have all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, they are not a cheat. If you want to eat a burger, get it down your neck!
If you’re obsessing over a chocolate bar all day just have the bloody chocolate bar, enjoy it and get back on track. From experience, you’ll just end up eating more as you eat random things trying to satisfy the craving.
I don’t know about you, but I personally do not want to go through life wanting ice cream but never having it. I dedicate a lot of time to the gym, drinking water, counting steps and eating healthily so if I want a pizza I’m having it. I’d actually be concerned that if I stopped eating pizza Domino’s would go into administration.
Life is about more than just fitness or fitting into a pair of size 8 jeans. It’s for living, for exploring, for tasting all the amazing foods out there. I can’t imagine restricting my food for the rest of my life. Everything in moderation is fine, balance is the key to this whole thing. Crack that and you’ll be unstoppable.
If you eat something unhealthy don’t feel so guilty that you spend days of near starving yourself. You’ll feel really good for those few days and then you’ll end up so hungry you’ll go absolutely nuts and eat everything you can get your little hands on and then the cycle will start again.
Once I started to be consistent with the gym and stopped seeing any food that wasn’t green as the enemy, my eating habits naturally became better and I’m much happier for it. I also no longer count calories because I just became obsessed and this wasn’t healthy for my mindset.
Yes there are people out there in much better shape than me but for me this isn’t just about the physical changes but the mental ones too and for the most part I’m fairly happy with where I am right now in life (except for the anxiety, it’d be nice if that would bugger off).
I hope you find your happy medium and learn to love your body and food no matter the fat content. Never feel guilty for eating. Make new memories with friends over dinner. Have that second glass of prosecco and the third. Enjoy these moments in life without the guilt, without feeling like you’re cheating. Remember every BODY is beautiful. It keeps you alive every day and works really bloody hard to do so. So love yourself to your bones and continue your journey to a happier, healthier you.