Cheat meals, most of us take pleasure in them. It can mean the difference between sustaining a good healthy diet for a few weeks to months to years. But why?
My once a week cheat meal. I don’t feel guilty,
I just accept I’ll have to clean up a little after
Rewarding good behaviour
Our psychology is massively based around pain and pleasure. We do what is pleasurable and avoid that which is painful. To a lot of people, a healthy diet doesnâ€™t bring as much pleasure as the occasional take-away. Learning to cook is a great way to buffer this contrast however, by rewarding healthy eating with a once a week cheat meal, more pleasure is associated with healthy eating thus enabling you to continue for longer
Those who donâ€™t cheat
If your will isnâ€™t strong enough not to, those who donâ€™t cheat and sustain a healthy or restrictive diet for a period of time without reward can fall into the trap of becoming fad or yo-yo dieters because that theyâ€™ve dedicated themselves to something they canâ€™t sustain.
As well as this, many people in my experience feel they canâ€™t cheat or when they do they feel incredibly guilty. By interviewing many people who have been able to lose a fantastic amount of weight (some 7-11stone) control and rational thinking is a huge factor in success. I.e. controlling when you do and donâ€™t eat healthfully and secondly rationally accepting that you can cheat, and if you do it just means that youâ€™ll just have to be a bit stricter over the following days with exercise and healthy eating to make sure your progress isnâ€™t significantly slowed.
Reward. Accept. Think rationally. Gain control
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