Eating Clean all the Time

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Hey guys. How’s everyone doing today? Hope everyone is feeling good and ready for another informative blog.

I decided to base today’s post around eating, something I love to do LOL. I get asked a lot of questions about my diet. How much I eat, what I eat, when I eat… But the killer question has to be, “Do I eat take-aways/fast food”.

Now, I think I get asked this because of the lifestyle I live and promote. The lifestyle where I train 4-5 days a week, take vitamins, cod liver oils, glucosamine HCL, pre-work out drinks, whey protein, you name it! So I guess it’s a pretty reasonable question to ask right!

Well… the shocked faces I get when I turn around and say yes, it’s quite funny. Some people actually believe I’m winding them up…But here’s the thing right, although I eat it, love it and enjoy it…I don’t eat it everyday! A lot of people feel to drop fat or achieve there dream physique, no take-aways or guilty pleasures are allowed. I’ll explain why that doesn’t work later on!

You see, I’m just a normal guy who likes (LOVES) the thought of strawberry & cheese cake hargandaarz ice-cream. I love the thought of a chicken tika masala with peela rice, peela naan bread and some onion bargee on the side (by the way, peela rice and naan is the one with mince meat)

I love the thought of a zinger burger meal with a slice of cheese, a side breast and extra fries…I think you get my point here (Don’t get me wrong here I could continue LOL)

But I’ve learnt to control myself and not have it 3-4 times a week!

Depending on my goals at the time will determine how often I go for my guilty pleasures. If I’m cutting (trying to loose fat) once a week is fine. If I’m trying to bulk up, I will allow myself maybe twice a week.

I find that way too often people deprive themselves of the things they love all in aid of trying to achieve a goal, whether it be food or something else!

Now put yourself in this situation for a moment…You enjoy take-aways, fried chicken, pizza, chocolate, ice-cream, cakes, biscuits…whatever it may be. You decide you want to drop some poundage over the next 3-4 months, so you say to yourself, OK, I will eat clean for the next few months and eliminate all my guilty pleasures.

You reach two months into the diet and by this point your craving some chocolate or some good ole fried chicken, but you say to yourself, no no no, only 2 months to go, I must not break. Now well done for keeping strong so far, a lot of people throw in the towel at this point, but not you, you’re doing really well!

2 months roll pass and you’ve hit the 4 month mark… Now, you’ve not only lasted the whole 4 months but you’ve reached your goal! WELL DONE YOU! That was a lot of hard work and you made it happen.

Now you think to yourself…I’ve done it! The diet is over, my goal has been achieved…I deserve a treat! And this is where it all starts to go down hill. WHY you may be asking?

Have you heard of people that have dropped pounds if not stones of fat to put it all back on in half the time it took them to loose it. I know I have. And guess what… it happened to me. So I have been there 😦

You see, when you deprive yourself of something you love and enjoy for to long and return to it, it can get out of control. Imagine, all this time you’ve been thinking about it, wanting it… craving it even!?!

When you really want something and it is taken away from you, you want it more. As dietitian Beth Cecil says, “Over time these restrictions lead to cravings, binges and overeating completely ruining your attempts to improve your nutrition and lifestyle”

This is why I eat junk food when I’m dieting because once a week over a course of 4 months isn’t going to harm me…That’s 6 days of good eating (on top of training) vs 1 day of guilty pleasures…Moderation is key!

Before I go, I want to share an extract of an article I read the other day by Beth Cecil on depriving yourself of the foods you love as it makes so much sense and ties in wonderfully with today’s post:

Quote – “Food deprivation, or restrictive eating, may cause you to dislike healthy nutritious foods. And what happens when you chronically feel deprived? In most cases, once you have access to these “forbidden” or restricted foods, you binge or overeat. Perhaps we do this because we fear another restriction is just around the corner.

So ask yourself a few questions?

  • Do you feel guilty when you eat your favourite foods that are high in calories?
  • Do you crave foods you have labelled as “bad” on a regular basis?
  • Do you label foods as “good” and “bad”?
  • Do you eat your favourite foods only if you feel you deserve them?
  • Are you constantly “watching what you eat”?
  • Do you ever feel “out of control” when eating?

If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, the chances are, you are depriving yourself of some of the foods you enjoy. And unfortunately, if the deprivation of food is an attempt to lose weight, the negative effects outweigh the benefits.

So in order to improve your chances of weight loss and boost your nutritional status, go ahead and stop depriving yourself of the foods you enjoy. This may be difficult at first, but here are some tips.” End Quote-

How true…And I think this applies to other areas in life other than food!

If you want to read the rest of that article, go to – http://www.omhs.org/patients-visitors/locations/healthpark/programs/nutrition-and-weight-management/eating-well/food-deprivation-backfire/

Hopefully you’ve learnt today that you can enjoy that ice-cream, or that sweet and sour chicken with special fried rice or that new Burger King special (I think I’m hungry LOL)

Remember – MODERATION MODERATION MODERATION!

I love you guys, PEACE!

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