When it comes to embarking on a healthy diet, the key to sticking to it is moderation. Despite what some health books may say, cutting out certain food types completely is not the answer. Doing the above may give you quick results, however, these results won’t last in the long term and removing any one food type will just lead to temptation and unwanted cravings.
Despite what you may think, healthy eating isn’t an all or nothing proposition, simply think moderation and you’ll be feeling and looking fitter in no time. We all need a balance of fat, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals in our diets in order to keep our energy levels up and also in order to sustain both a healthy body and mind.
Making certain food off limits isn’t the answer and such an approach to dieting is an unhealthy one. When you completely remove certain foods or food groups from your diet it is only natural to want them more, you need to gradually complete this process. Instead of having a whole bar of chocolate, why not just have half and slowly but surely you will crave this item less and less.
You shouldn’t however feel like a failure if you do succumb to temptation, as it is only natural to crave sweet and salty foods. Why not introduce your favourite item as a weekly treat, but only allow yourself to indulge if you have stuck to your weekly diet routine.
If you are addicted to sweet, salty or unhealthy foods, start by halving the portion sizes and don’t eat them as often. If you think of such food types as only occasional indulgences; you will begin to find yourself craving them less in the long run; you will also appreciate them more when you are allowed them as a treat, especially if you class that treat as a reward for being good.