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.
Depends what your goals are.
Dirty bulking is a way to get mass, as once a person gets to a certain size, weight capacity and height, they cannon physically lift beyond limits. The only way to go up in carrying weight is adding on pounds of your own. Eating dirty can get you extra fuel to burn.
Bad food aside, the best way to “cheat” is to not cheat, but to cheat smart. Dont want that grilled chicken, rice and veggies? Hit a local sit down restaurant and get something to satisfy those cravings without getting fast food.
I always allow myself and my clients one cheat day per week (unless they are preparing for a BB/Figure contest). I have had feedback from my clients with their cheat day and it usually turns into a cheat meal…only one meal for the day and not the entire day.
We are only human and indulging in a food of our choice seems natural. I dont feel one can “blow” their eating program with one meal…rather a “blow” to their emotion/s of cheating.
I believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle allows for the occasional indulgence. If we completely deprive ourselves of everything that is “bad” for us all of the time, it can feel suffocating. Allowing yourself the occasional “fun” food can be a liberating way of rewarding yourself for your consistent efforts to maintain a healthful lifestyle.
Of course, you must be careful to avoid going overboard and thus I think planning ahead is a great idea.
So long as you earn your indulgence and partake in it in moderation, I believe the positives outweigh the negatives.
A few years ago I went vegan because I was moving toward a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking and beginning to exercise again. I was reading a lot about the benefits of a low calorie diet and I read about people who were able to live on fruit alone or vegetables only. At first it was very energizing and I got more from my workouts by eating mostly fruits and veggies. After a few months, however, my energy was starting to fade. My body fat got dangerously low and the body fat meter I was using was not accurate. Even though the scale said I was in the healthy range, I felt that more fat and calories in my diet would be beneficial to my workouts. It’s a good thing I did because when I bought a body fat caliper it showed me that I barely had enough fat to survive, let alone perform intense workouts most days of the week. Now I am working on gaining weight and continuing my regular workouts. Listen to your body and make sure it has a little bit of everything.