Finding the right diet that is built to lead you on the victorious path of success to the body of your dreams seems like a pretty big feat in itself, but sadly it is only half the battle. All too often we spend all of our energy focused on making the changes themselves but don’t set up the necessary steps to keep the changes sustainable in our day-to-day lives once we have successfully jumpstarted our plans.
No matter how much willpower any of us may have, there will come a time where we can’t help but feel the urge to reward ourselves with a snack/meal that doesn’t fit the requirements for our guided meal selections. Suddenly, we feel trapped by our diets because we never set up proper “cheat meals” for moments such as this.
So the question we all are asking is, what are some “cheat meal” options that wont completely derail us from our diet plans?
Lets start with breaking down some simple ways to keep on track with your diet, even with the occasional cheat meal
It is important to keep in mind the adage “everything in moderation”. While you’re giving yourself a ‘hall pass’ for eating something that doesn’t fit into your meal plan, you don’t want to go overboard. At the end of the day, forcing yourself to strictly live by any diet plan isn’t going to be pleasant and eventually you will get sick of the restrictions and throw in the towel, but if you’re going to “cheat” don’t stuff yourself full of carbs and sugar to the point of no-return, after all you don’t want to find yourself regretting overeating or worse; over eating poorly and having to re-start your nutrition plan from ground up.
Now for the good stuff; cheat meals that will help curb your cravings without hurting your progress:
Sweet Tooth Cravings
- Large- plain rice cakes with peanut butter & honey on top
- Acai Berry shakes
- Dark chocolate covered strawberries
- Granola bars
- Sweet potato fries
- A plain hamburger
- Protein pancakes
… Just to name a few
The idea is to curb your cravings without sending your body into complete shock! After as little as only two weeks of slowly cutting down or possible cutting-out things such as carbohydrates, sugars, grease and salts from your diet can cause your body to have an adverse reaction to you suddenly drowning in the unnatural foods you have chosen to “cheat” with. To avoid possible stomach discomfort or even completely falling off the wagon from your diet… Pick foods that lie somewhere between unhealthy & are still beneficial and eat your “cheat meals” in moderation.