I have a confession to make. I don't always feel like eating healthy. Well, I really do want to eat healthy because I love the way it makes me feel. But, the smell of a fresh apple fritter or the thought of a bowl of my favorite frozen yogurt (red velvet/chocolate/coconut-just can't choose one flavor) can send me straight to thinking "tomorrow I'll eat super clean to make up for it".
So then, how do you work these treats into your life, or is it better to never allow yourself to splurge on an 'unhealthy' treat?
Most experts are of the opinion that if you attempt to follow a plan that never allows you to have your favorite things you will fail.
One school of thought says to count your calories and work your treat into your total caloric intake. Even though they may not be nutritionally dense calories you are still staying within your daily requirement.
I came across another way of thinking in a book I was reading a book last week. The author suggests that you follow a very strict eating plan for six days, and then the seventh day is a 'binge' day, literally eating anything in any amount that you want.
He uses Saturday as his 'all you want to eat' day. He said that by making himself a little sick each Saturday he didn't want to look at junk food the rest of the week. He also believes that dramatically spiking your caloric intake in this way once a week increases fat-loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate doesn't downshift from extended caloric restriction.
Which if these methods have you tried? Was it successful?
Have you found another way that works for you?