As a Personal Trainer and health advocate, the most common story I see about losing weight is that of the dreaded yo-yo. When clients hire you for weightloss it is necessary to impress on them the importance of diet for their success, sadly this is a double edged sword. Often people overdo whatever method of diet they choose to pursue and after initial success they see decreasing results, feel trapped, become frustrated, and then quit. I have been asked multiple times what I eat/do on a regular basis that I can indulge in that occasional pint of ice cream or dinner out.
Let me preface the following with saying that I am not a body builder or professional athlete, I am a normal woman who has found a (mostly) healthy relationship with food and exercise that allows me to stay well within a healthy bodyfat percentage and also eat out without regret.
Here’s a 3 day example of how I eat
Day 1 –
Breakfast – scrambled egg + egg whites + turkey sausage, coffee, water
Lunch- Turkey suasage links, salad, apple
Dinner – baked chicken breast, steamed veggies
Day 2 –
Breakfast – Oikos greek yogurt and 1/2 grapefruit.
Lunch – forgot to eat this day (:0)
Dinner – baked chicken tenderloins and steamed veggies
Dessert – whole fruit sorbet
Breakfast – sausage, jalapeno and cheese kolache, raspberry kolache, coffee.
Lunch – chicken and steamed veggies (again, darn you mass meal prep)
Dinner – forgot to take a picture, SUSHI!!
As you can see, not too crazy in any direction. I also ran 2 of 3 of those days and lifted weights 2 of 3 as well (different day).
I believe that keeping a fairly regular workout routine along with consistent but not extreme meal planning is what gives me the latitude to have the occasional splurge. Not consistently denying myself things prevents the obsessive eating and then guilt/denial that i feel contributes to the yo-yo dieting.
As always comments, questions and feedback are welcomed.