Finding happiness with a bad weekend diet
Weekends have been killing my diet lately. I am not ashamed to admit it, but I am rather relieved. These two days are generally when a lot of us fall off of their diets. We might have one bad meal and think that there is no way that we can ever achieve our goals with the foods we just ate. I know because I was once there. Instead of giving up on your goals, let me help you. Here is how I find happiness with having a bad weekend diet and how I still achieving my goals.
Tip #1: Relax
The first thing that you should do is to just relax. We get so caught up in striving to be perfect that we forget how normal it is to make mistakes. If you look at every fitness model or anyone that you might admire in general, I guarantee you that they have made several mistakes along the way. We are human. It is normal for us to make mistakes, and many of them. What can we do moving forward? Learn from it. Learn how you felt both physically and emotionally and just move on. If the result really made you question your ability to achieve your goals, then prevent it from happening again. Stressing about something that has already occurred is not going to change the fact, but it will make you go crazy within your own mind.
Tip #2: Live Your Damn Life
This is a pretty self-explanatory reasoning. My take on it, we only get one life to live so we better make sure that we are living it to the fullest. This doesn’t mean that you need to eat a gallon of ice cream every day of your life, but if a spur of the moment opportunity comes up, embrace it. Go out with friends, go out with your family, whatever it might be. Life is way too short to miss out on memories because we are too concerned about our looks and our six-packs.
Please, take it from me. I have spent five years of my life in missing out on memories with family and friends because I was scared of how it would impact my appearance. The sad thing is that I am 24 years old and these were the years that I was supposed to make the most memories. It is important to realize that people are going to love you for who you are, not for how you look. By worrying about my appearance for the amount of time that I did, I missed out on many memories with the people that mean the most to me. Was it worth it? Absolutely not. These are memories that I am never going to get back and experiences that I don’t know if I will ever come across again. This example is to help realize that there is more to life than an irrelevant number on the scale.
Tip #3: Fueling Yourself Properly
You are going to hear this a lot, but you are going to need a cheat day(s) or a refuel day any time that you are on a diet. See, our bodies can only handle so much stress at a time. If you are trying to lose weight, odds are that you are doing both cardio and weight training (or at least I hope so). With your body in a negative caloric surplus, you are losing weight, but also breaking down your muscles. These are the same muscles that you are using to exercise. If you want to get the most out of your workouts and feel energized to achieve your short and long term goals, you need to repair the muscles that are being broken down. This also transitions into the next reasoning.
Tip #4: Your Body Needs Carbs & Fat
Fuel, fuel, fuel. Carbohydrates and fats are two excellent sources of fuel for the body. This is because they are easy for the body to break down and convert to energy. Any time we consume a large amount of calories, we automatically assume that we are going to become fat. You then need to realize that it is going to be a primary fuel source in building your muscles and providing you with more energy which translates into better workouts.
You should not be worried about a little extra fat within your diet. As long as you know how to moderate it and stay committed to your regular eating habits during the week, you are not going to notice any difference in the mirror. That’s right, you won’t even notice it, but you will feel it. You will feel energized, refreshed, and ready to destroy your workouts the following week.
Tip #5: A Break In Your Diet Will Boost Your Metabolism
Our bodies all have a hormone called leptin. By having a cheat meal we are increasing out leptin levels, which is the hormone responsible for sending hunger signals to our body. When we are restricting calories, our leptin levels drop. This slows down our metabolism because our body is trying to hold as much energy as it can. By eating a cheat meal, we are basically tricking our body into thinking that we have more energy that we actually do. This translates into your metabolism increasing for a certain amount of time and the first thing that your metabolism feeds off of is extra fat storage.
I have spent so much of my time and energy revolving my life around food and my physical appearance. Why? Because I was worried about what others thought of me. If there is one thing that I want you to take away, it is that a break in your diet is NOT going to kill you. Use it as motivation to get right back on track during the week. Live life, make memories, cherish certain experiences. There is so much more to live for than a number on the scale or the image in the mirror. Use these tips and love yourself more. Continue to be the amazing person that you are and live a happier and healthier life.