I have a question for you. A biggie…But first, a quick recap just to make sure we’re on the same page. I need to make sure you know where the word diet comes from…Do you remember?
The word diet comes from the Latin word – Diaeta which means:
- A manner of living.
- A way of life.
A diet is something you do forever. So my question for you is…
Can you really cheat your way thin?
Taking into consideration I’m all about real results, sustainability, and taking slow steps towards your goal… I think you can. But there is a caveat (more on this in a moment). So how does this cheating work? It’s based on the 80:20 rule. If you eat well 80% of the time you can get away with cheating 20% of the time. Just don’t get them the wrong way around! How does 80:20 translate to in the real world? It could be that you eat well 7 days a week and have a little treat every day 80% of your daily calories are good and 20% is bad.
Or (this is what I recommend) it could be that you eat well 6 days a week then go crazy for a day at the weekend. I only recommend you go crazy for one day. Not the entire weekend – for the simple reason that cheat days can easily spill out of control and into the rest of the week. That’s my caveat. Be careful!
Improving Your Eating Habits
Then as you improve your eating habits (and your taste for food change) reduce your cheating from one day per week to one meal per week. Do it all gradually. It must be sustainable because too much too soon might break you! So there you have it. You can cheat your way thin. In my experience, it’ll help you keep your naughty side at bay because you only need to stay disciplined until the weekend. Then let your hair down. Go crazy.
It’s like a reward for good behavior. Above all, it will allow you to have fun at the weekends, go out for meals, and enjoy social events. Now while I’m all about eating healthy I know there is more to life than just eating clean. You have to have fun too. Just remember my caveat… Don’t let your cheat day turn into a cheat week. Or another failed diet. Keep your cheating to 20% and under control. And make sure you enjoy it!
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