“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Dietary redemption…

“I know I’ve had three slices of cake, two hamburgers, fries, a bag of crisps and three beers for lunch, but I’m having soup for supper, so it still counts as a good diet day right?”

Ever met a person who wants to lose weight, but ALWAYS eats things that are not good diet choices? And then when you get into conversation with them they say they’re going to counteract the bad choices of the day with one meal in the evening. Or they vow to eat ‘very little’ the next day!

And they swear that it won’t break their diet because of the ‘redemption’ meals!

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But can you really make up for a bunch of bad choices with one good choice?

Well, as in almost every part of real life, your choices have consequences. Eating is one of the most obvious places where this can be measured.

You see, when you eat food you ingest calories, and both bad foods and good foods have calories.

The difference between bad foods and good foods is that bad foods have a higher number of useless calories in them, which your body will almost certainly turn into fat. So any extra calories you eat while on diet are going to get stored somewhere.

What you really want is for your body to be using the stored calories that are already there!

Basically the person in the situation above is actually saying this: “I’ve already eaten far too many calories today, but I’m going to make it better by eating a few more for dinner”.

Weird, right?

What’s the real answer to this scenario? Don’t eat too many calories in the first place, because once you’ve digested them, there’s no going back.

Yes, you can take a ‘fast day’ and do an intermittent fast. But for someone who is CONSTANTLY trying to make up for ‘bad eating’ by altering their other meals, an evaluation of their entire diet and lifestyle needs to take place. Are they REALLY committed to the diet, or do they just like to pretend that they are?

For real results, get real about your plan. That’s the bottom line.


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