How to balance your diet’ is an article series all about achieving balance in your diet, and what that looks (and tastes) like. It’s a common phrase, but what does it mean, and how do you do it? Find out here.

How to balance your diet: Figuring out the best of the worst

Look, the reality of life and dieting is that there are going to be many times when you just really ‘need’ a treat. It’s going to happen.

So the important issue is how do you deal with cheating and avoid going totally off the rails? We’ve already discussed the idea that a cheat day can happen OCCASIONALLY.

You CANNOT claim to be dieting for weight loss but have multi-day cheat sessions. It doesn’t work. So if you have a treat, eat it, then get back on diet immediately.

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But when you cheat there’s another powerful idea that deserves consideration

And that is that you need to know how to use the ‘best of the worst’. What I mean by this is when considering WHAT to have as a treat you need to know that there are certain ‘treat’ foods that are sort-of healthy, and some that are just-plain-unhealthy. You need to treat yourself with the former.

So what are some of these semi-healthy treats?

Top of the list is good-quality dark chocolate. It must be 70% cocoa or higher. A couple of blocks will sort out your need for sweet. Other decent options include toffees – they are tough to eat so you will struggle to overdo it; toast with peanut butter and jam; fried banana with a bit of sugar; jelly; or wine gums.

Things to avoid: donuts, cakes, regular chocolates, and the like.

Getting the best of the worst helps you turn a potentially bad situation into a less-bad one, while dealing with the reality of life.

 

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