‘Being on a diet is not my thing’, we hear this from people every day. People complain of not having the guts to leave their tiny nibbling and their favorite junk item. The reason behind this excuse of being unable to stick to a diet plan is that we believe that diet plan has to be followed religiously.
All of us carry this notion in our heads that once we are on a diet plan, no matter what, we have to stick to it. This idea makes it so difficult to bring ourselves to the determination that we can do something good to our body or that we can improve our body shape.
Some of you will be surprised to hear that ‘cheating on your diet can actually be a good thing’, and yes it is true! There are a number of benefits associated with overlooking your diet plan for a meal. Often it is termed as a cheat meal, because in fact you are cheating on your diet plan.
Here are a few points to convince you in believing that cheating on your diet can be good for you:
- Kills the boredom
Cheat meal comes as a favorable change to those following a diet plan. It kills the boredom by bringing in variety that was lacking in your meals previously. Diet plans call for eating only selected food, so moving off track will help you stay focused.
- The human factor
After all we are all humans, and we do not possess the iron will to resist all temptations. Some time or the other, we get fed up from strict diets and want to go for something that we really want. So, skipping the diet plan for a meal gives us relaxation for being a human, not a mechanized robot.
- Stimulating metabolism
Though there is no solid evidence backing this notion, but many nutritionists and fitness experts believe that evading the strict diet course for a meal can actually be beneficial for you because when body is on a low carbohydrate food plan, then a deviation will serve to kindle up the body metabolism.
- Allowing for social pleasures
Whether it is a friends’ party or a visit to someone, people expect you to eat what is offered. Not every where can you request for things on your diet course. Avoid awkward situations in social gatherings, and be a part of society by ignoring your nutritionist’s advices for a feast.
- Satiate body feels
Human body is a complex mixture and it needs a variety of food ingredients to satisfy all its needs. A strict diet plan cannot fulfill all the varied needs. So give yourself a little space to breath and skip your diet schedule for a day or a meal time.
- Cheat well
Who says that after skipping your meal, you necessarily need to eat something junk? A cheat meal can be a healthy meal too. Learn to appreciate the healthier alternatives and try them when you are not following your nutrition plan.
- Help to stay focused
There is a psychological effect too. Once you have indulged into a guilty pleasure and have had your favorite meal, you will be more focused on your routine diet. You will be eager to make the compensation, and follow your diet more wholeheartedly.
It is also important to learn to cheat better. Focus on a meal that gives you more proteins, and something that is missing in your normal diet. Also, stick to what you decide to eat, and do not go limitless on your cheat meal.