No! One « bad » meal won’t ruin your efforts!
With summer just around the corner, those tempting summer treats are not too far behind. Frozen desserts, burgers on the grill, chilled fruit drinks and an endless list of items that have been labeled as « junk food » that can really pack on the pounds. In order to help resist temptation, there is no shortage of advice out there. We are being bombarded with suggestions and calorie friendly recipes on the internet, in magazines, and on television shows.
Although it’s important to have basic knowledge of nutrition and to be conscious of the nutritional value of the foods we consume, we mustn’t become obsessed with always eating healthy. It is more than acceptable to give in to temptation every once in a while. The important thing here is not to feel guilt after eating something that is labeled as « bad ». Guilt is often followed by an eating binge and subsequent unhealthy dietary restrictions.
We know that losing weight is no easy task. Here are a few numbers that may help put things in perspective. In order to lose one pound of fat per week, you must create a 3,500 calorie deficit through diet and exercise. On the other hand, one must consume an additional 3,500 calories per week in order to gain a pound of fat. We can conclude by these numbers that the occasional 600-calorie poutine will not determine whether you make or break your goal. However, it is important that the occasional « cheat » not be plagued with guilt. You must accept it in order to prevent it from having a negative impact on your psyche. Negative emotions can reap havoc on your self-confidence and body image.
Ultimately, it’s important to look at the big picture. Just like one healthy meal won’t replace months of effort, one occasional less healthy meal won’t ruin your efforts. What will have the greatest impact are your lifestyle choices in the day-to-day.
If you think you need help with your nutrition on a daily basis or if you are struggling with your relationship with food, consult a Zero Diet nutritionist at Nautilus Plus. They will advise you, coach you and help you reach your goal all the while helping you keep a positive and healthy attitude.
By Alyssa Fontaine, Dt.P.