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.
Your body cannot continuously work on a low calorie diet. you need to re feed and re fuel your body from time to time. I would recomend a “splurge meal” not a cheat meal- as you are not cheating or doing something bad- you are just increasing your calories a bit which will in fact boost your metabolism. it is actually helpful to do so. If you continually keep your calories low, your body will become used to that and eventually your body will require less on a day to day basis.
The better thing to do is to find a way to eat healthy and enjoy it so you can stick to that diet the rest of your life. Almost all foods can be part of a healthy diet. There should really be such a thing as “naughty foods”, but there should be foods that you make sure you get and some foods that you try to limit consumption.
I like everyone’s thoughts on this! A couple of other things that occur to me are that a strategic refeed would probably consist of eating foods that are higher in complex carbs or fat than you have been eating. That would be productive. However, that’s not usually what someone craves when they have been low calorie/low carb for an extended period of time. So maybe you want pizza or pasta or something like that. Plan it, eat, don’t gorge yourself. Then 3 hours later, whether you’re hungry or not, eat one of your clean meals. This is similar to brushing your teeth after dinner, it’s like a reset. You had a treat, and now you’re putting closure to it and getting right back on track, without going on a 3 or more day eating frenzy afterwards. Don’t let fear rule this choice. You have control over the food.
I think the idea of re-framing the “cheat meal” into something less guilt-inducing is a good idea; something along the lines of “free reign” and less restrictive would be good.
You have to figure out how to get the results you want, for life (or alter what you can live with–results wise if it’ll protect your sanity). Nobody could, or should, be a low calorie, low fat plan for long (of course, that needs to be defined and it would be based on the person). Your body, brain, and mood need adequate fuel, nutrients, and fat to function optimally. Plus, you want to have some fun!