You CAN enjoy your favourite food, be it sweet or savoury, and still achieve your health & fitness goals.
There is no food you must cut out or avoid completely in order to reduce body fat, tone muscle, improve blood sugar or lower cholesterol.
If you’re 100% happy to avoid sugar and other indulgences, then do so. If you enjoy a sweet or savoury treat, then you may find allowing some in your diet actually helps you manage food cravings and prevent you from over-eating them.
My clients often tell me “Once I start, I find it hard to stop”. In fact my partner used to tell me this until I showed him he could change his mindset.
As with many things in life, if you constantly tell yourself something, you’ll believe it. Keep telling yourself you have no self control, and chances are you won’t.
Unless you have an underlying psychological issue that drives you to over-eat food, you can learn how to “stop at just one” without too much difficulty. It can take a bit of practice, but in time you will find you are quite happy to just enjoy a small amount without feeling guilty.
Feeling guilty (or bad) about eating certain food is part of what leads to over-eating it. Thinking you’ve been bad leads to thoughts such as “I’ve stuffed it now so may as well eat the whole lot” or “I’ll just finish this off and never buy it again!”. It’s these unhelpful thoughts that become the problem, not the chocolate or chips.
Showing you how to enjoy all foods in moderation is part of what dietitians do and are passionate about. Over the years myself and other dietitians have helped thousands of people learn to enjoy all food in moderation.
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