Do you find that your diet is too restrictive and you spend a lot of time stressing over your next meal? Learn these 3 easy tips to help you learn how to develop a healthy relationship with your food so that you can adhere to your diet and enjoy your fitness journey.
Have you been offered that healthy curry, but being your 'strict' self, you've politely refused?
First of all, great job, your will power is undeniable and it's a sign of a high level of commitment!
But like anything good, there is always those small implications, when your commitment to your diet, almost becomes an obsession and an unhealthy one at that...
And let me tell you... once you start seeing those amazing changes in your physique, some of us who already have that 'obsessive' side... forces us to spend hours on fitting the perfect calories and macros into your food diary and a lot of the time, it becomes too much of a hassle...
Another reason for this obsession could be that you've had weight issues in the past, which are subconsciously nagging at you without you even realizing!
I truly believe, that your fitness journey should have the right balance of adherence to your diet and training, but yet allowing you to enjoy yourself in the process.
Because what good is it, if you get in your best shape, but your relationships suffer, you feel miserable and you're not truly feeling fulfilled?
Here are these 3 easy tips that you can use, to really develop a better relationship with your food, to make your life a lot easier and your fitness journey a more enjoyable experience...
1. Have a weekly cheat day where you don't track anything
Once a week I like to forget that I'm on a diet and go out, enjoy a nice curry/burger/pizza and some nice dessert... I don't track my diet, but I still make sure to have my cheat meal around my workout time and finish off my day with a super healthy, high protein salad...
If you've had a solid week of training and dieting... and for example you've lost 2kg in one week. It's time to reward yourself!
Having a weekly cheat meal, to help you relax and enjoy the foods that you've been craving all week.. can really make you forget that you're on a diet. Not only that, but it can also boost your metabolism for further fat loss for the following week.
This means that you can go out and enjoy that curry you've been craving! But be sure to control your cheat meal/day and make sure that it doesn't turn into a cheat week!
2. Stop trying to be perfect with your diet
I know I have to tell myself that every time... When I track my diet into MyfitnessPal, sometimes I obsess way too much, to make sure that my macros are the right percentages... but in the end of the day, close enough is good enough!
As long as your Protein, Carbs, Fats and Calories are close to the required numbers... being 50 calories off, or 1-3% off your macros, will not make a dramatic difference in your results...
As a side note, you can also pre-fill your diet, for the whole week ahead of time in your MyfitnessPal diary and adjust things slightly day by day... this can save you hours of tracking per week!
Unless you're preparing for a bodybuilding/fitness show, being 'perfect' with your diet isn't 100% necessary to achieve solid results...
Perfection will often lead to unnecessary stress and time wasted, which could be spent on having fun and connecting with your partner and kids..
3. Transform your mindset and embrace the process
Having the right mindset and attitude towards eating healthy is extremely important. Perhaps you have some bad food associations... And of course you will, because all that dieting you've been doing, it has taught you what to eat and what NOT to eat..
It can be extremely difficult for some, when you get used to eating super healthy and clean and being told... You can now go out and have a burger! Wait, what?? Really!
Your brain has already established that burgers, curries, pizza are bad... and you shouldn't have ANY... It's established that Sugar, Processed Foods and All Sweets are BAD and you should NEVER get close...
See the above foods are bad when eaten in excess... But eaten once a week in moderation, after a super clean and well controlled week of intense training and clean eating... I believe they are more than acceptable.
To transform your mindset, you can also practice positive mind affirmations daily (talking within your mind) such as:
1. I am grateful for the food I'm eating.
2. I am proud of myself for making healthy food choices.
3. I am excited and happy for investing the time and energy into my diet.
4. I will enjoy my diet and reward myself once a week with a great cheat meal.
5. I will embrace my transformation and tackle any diet challenges ahead.
Too much of a good thing can always become a bad one... and it's important to have a good balance of healthy eating, occasional 'reward' meals and to really develop a healthy relationship with your food, by transforming your mindset.
Once you start embracing your transformation, being positive about your food choices and being slightly more relaxed with your diet (but still keeping it under good control) you can really start to develop a healthy relationship with food and feel amazing!