I have been on a very strict low calorie, low fat and high protein diet for the last 2 an 1/2 months along with a strict cardio and weight training routine. I have not strayed but starting to feel the little temptations of a meal that reminds my taste buds the flavor of "being naughty ". The fear is that I have had very good success these last two months and I don't want to lost any hard work but at the same time that same fear makes me wonder if I should reflect on an other issue of being over obsessed with results and not learn proper "normal out of program" moderation etc. Any help would be much appreciated.
If you have been on a long term calorie restricted diet then a cheat meal is not going to diminish your results physically or throw you off track. If anything, your metabolism may actually be ratcheted down a little, and so it’s either going to be a blip on the radar screen and your body may gobble through it and move on, depending on how lean you are, or you may actually even see a fat loss boost from it. There is different information out there on how much or how long you would have to cheat in order to see a difference.
Psychologically a planned cheat meal can work wonders. If you are feeling temptation, better to cheat and enjoy it than let it build up in your mind. Stifled temptations can turn into binges, and that would diminish your progress. By planning I mean you could decide ahead of time which day or meals you would cheat. So there’s no guilt, it’s planned and strategic. Then as you approach that meal, you go and get exactly what your body wants right then (don’t try to guess ahead of time and then stock your house with something). Eat it and enjoy it. You don’t have to overindulge. In fact, I’m betting it may not even taste as good as you remembered. Then it’s over and you’re back on track (that’s the key).