We’ve ALL been there. You were doing so well, watching your diet and staying on track and then it happened. In a moment of weakness you cheated on your diet.
And it wasn’t just a bite or two of cheesecake or a few sips of a friend’s cocktail either. No when you do something you do it right and you scarfed down a huge dessert and tossed back a few drinks.
Well, relax. It happens.
And yes, it HAS happened to me to. Like the time I fell off the diet wagon when I was up in Toronto. I met some friends for dinner and drinks.
And let’s just say after a couple of my favorite Black Russians my fate was sealed.
A “cheat day” can help your BURN fat
My willpower left the building with my diet in tow. And it was still nowhere to be found when I got back to my hotel room and started rummaging through the mini-bar.
I’ll admit that bag of chocolate covered nuts sure tasted good that night. But the next morning I wasn’t feeling so hot, and the guilt for letting my eating getting so out of control didn’t help.
But then I reminded myself what I always tell my clients when their diet’s go off the rails and they’re feeling bad. And that is to simply get over it and get back on track.
I know that sounds almost too simple, but the truth is it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a minor misstep and trust me when I tell you the damage isn’t so bad that your body can’t bounce back from it.
Keep your fat burning hormones on their toes
In fact, every once in a while a few extra calories can be good for your metabolism, helping to keep your fat burning hormones on their toes.
In other words, your body needs a cheat day from time to time just as much as your sanity does! It may even help you burn fat!
So chalk up your slip to an accidental cheat day and simply get back on track. And while you’re at it do me a favor and stop obsessing about the number on the bathroom scale.
Focus instead on habits that burn off unhealthy fat and help you get lean and feel healthy. Concentrate on eating healthy and exercising so that when you look in the mirror you feel good about what you see, and stop worrying about what you weigh.
One of my favorite ways to do just that is to follow up my morning exercise with a fat-burning meal packed pull of protein, healthy fat, fiber, and water.
Try a healthy breakfast shake. Or you can’t go wrong with fruit, eggs and a delicious side dish of spinach with a dash of healthy olive oil.
Both meals will help you continue to burn fat after your workout. And skip the popular cereal and juice or doughnut and coffee combos that will leave you starving an hour later when your sugar levels tank.
Craig’s fat loss, muscle-building website TurbulenceTraining.com features his best-selling Turbulence Training for Fat Loss program and TTmembers.com offers access to all of Craig’s Turbulence Training workouts and video clips (for men, women, mass-building, athletes, and bodyweight-only workouts).
Craig also has an advanced research background, completing a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Craig continues to study the latest training, supplementation, and nutrition research that will help improve client’s health and wellness as well as their physical and mental performance.
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