Are you one of those people that are convinced that you have to rule out certain foods
completely if you want to shed weight? Well, maybe it's time to rethink
that strategy. According to data from a British weight loss community,
of the people who lost 10 percent of their body weight using the online
tool, 91 percent of them continued to eat chocolate as part of their diet. Chocolate. As in the thing you probably think is a HELL NO when it comes to weight loss.
This makes me ecstatic because I'm a questionable chocoholic. But
just wait, it gets even better. Turns out, it's not JUST chocolate that
dieters can keep eating. In fact, there's scientific proof that if
someone who's looking to shed pounds completely cuts something out of
their diet, they're more likely to overeat it when they do encounter it. Yes, eliminating foods entirely is a bad idea.
Translation: If you want to lose weight, reach for the chips, cookies, and peanut butter cups. Well -- in moderation, of course.
there -- that's the catch. It's not like any dieter can just go out to
their local grocery store, stock up on a pile of Milky Ways, and expect
to shed major pounds while consuming four king-size bars each day. No,
that's not realistic. It is realistic, though, to allow yourself a
fun-size after a day of good eating. That is what moderation is all
Say, for example, if chocolate isn't your thing and you're more of a
frozen yogurt gal, then go ahead and pick one day a week where you
indulge in a small cone. Allowing yourself these treats (whether they're
sweet or not) is all part of continuing to LIVE life without restrictions. I mean, sure, you're restricting yourself from downing the king-size bar, but you're still allowed to have some. That's what dieting is all about: making your eating choices part of your lifestyle instead of letting them define you.
And although I firmly believe you can have anything in moderation (hey, that's the mantra that helped me lose 70 pounds) -- chocolate lovers take note: studies point to the notion that dark chocolate
can actually help you drop pounds by curving salt cravings or other
diet-wreckers. Mmmm, losing weight has never tasted so good!
What things do you treat yourself to when you're trying to lose weight?
I eat what I want for the most part- if that is candy, a cookie, a muffin, ice cream...whatever.
BUT I have less than I used to- instead of big bowl of ice cream I have like a cup of it...instead of a whole candy bar, I'll eat half... and whatever it is, it has to fit into my calories for that day