Nothing will cause you to ditch your diet more quickly than a feeling of deprivation. As soon as you declare that you will never again eat a particular food that you enjoy, more than likely, you will begin to think about it constantly. Then, you know you’re headed for trouble because this feeling of deprivation can only go on for so long.
Eventually, you will begin to feel anxious or angry, or both, and this can lead to a binge where you’re completely out of control. That feeling of deprivation that goes on for a while will lead having to have that craving satisfied. And it will probably be satisfied with a much larger amount of the “forbidden” food than if you had satisfied that feeling when it first began.
Eating out of control naturally causes feelings of guilt which will lead to eating more foods which you know you should not be eating. This can become a vicious cycle that can prevent you from ever reaching your goals.
But, don’t despair, if chocolate is allowed, it can’t be that hard.
It’s Time for the Deprivation-Binge Cycle to Stop
Diets that have the highest success rate are those that allow for occasional treats. When you’re told it’s okay to eat a small portion of the foods you crave, then you don’t feel guilty when you eat them. It’s really simple… you satisfy the craving with a bite of two of what you crave and get back to the healthier foods on your plan.
Still, it is hard for some people to come to terms that they can have their cake and diet at the same time. However, there really is no such thing as a “forbidden” food.
There are some foods that might feel like indulgences, but actually aren’t. Enjoying food indulgences like the ones listed below occasionally may satisfy the craving you’re having without sabotaging your diet.
Food Indulgences that Won’t Sabotage Your Diet
- Dark chocolate – 70% cocoa is best. This can satisfy a craving for something sweet and it contains antioxidants that are good for you.
- Fruit – This is nature’s candy. Most fruits have high water content and are chock full of good for you vitamins and minerals.
- Yogurt – Low fat, not fat free, Greek yogurt is best according to Dr. Oz. Get the small container unless you get the unflavored variety because it does contain a small amount of sugar.
- 1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and a teaspoon of jelly that is sweetened only with natural fruit juices.
- Homemade oat bran muffin sweetened with applesauce and raisins.
Allowing yourself to occasionally indulge in treats like these can satisfy a craving for sweets and carbs without making you feel guilty. Then you can save those more decadent desserts for really rare occasions.