Diet and Nutrition Program
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Finding the Balance in Your Diet and Nutrition Program

Most people struggle with sticking to their diet and nutrition program.

When we diet, we are sometimes preoccupied with counting calories or carbs without paying enough attention to nutrition.

It is too easy to skip the calories in food that we know is good for us in favor of food that we want to eat, but we know isn’t healthy.

The trick to finding balance in your diet and nutrition program is to pay attention to eating healthy, while not denying yourself access to every kind of junk food that you really love.

One of the pitfalls of dieting is not sticking to it.

We are able to keep it up for a few days, and we can leverage great willpower over ourselves in order to deprive ourselves of the things we love to eat because they are “not in our diet.” Then, often times, we experience a rebound or rebellion. We suddenly find that our willpower takes a nose dive and the diet and nutrition program go out the window as we slide down the slippery slope into total overindulgence. We suddenly just can’t get enough junk food and all rational argument with ourselves fails.

One way to avoid this is by not holding ourselves too stringently to our diet program all of the time. Some people find it works well enough to do six days on and one day off. You exercise restraint for six days a week and then for one day you allow yourself to indulge. We are not talking about a complete binge day, just a day in which you come off your diet, and set aside your good nutrition program so that you can indulge in a couple of the things you love. Limit your portions, and don’t eat everything in one day!

By allowing yourself a little of what you love, and knowing that day will come back around again next week, it makes it a little easier for us to find balance, and get back on the program again the next day.

Other people find that is works well to never completely follow a diet and nutrition program one hundred percent, but rather use it as a guideline. You might allow yourself one indulgence every day, such as a glass of wine with dinner, or one candy bar every afternoon. If you know you can have one treat every day, then you can stave off binges and mad craving attacks. However, if you do this on a regular basis, you need to continue to balance the overall calories in that day’s food intake.

If you are on a calorie restricted diet (1200 calories or so) you might not benefit from allocating 300 or so calories for a candy bar, so be careful and sensible about this. But if you are on an 1800 calorie diet, and you have a weakness for candy, this might be one way to keep those candy cravings under control.

The best diet and nutrition program is one that works for you. Balance and moderation are key ingredients in any program. Think about where your weak spots are. Is it in the evening while watching T.V.? In the afternoon at work, while watching the clock? Or in the morning when you wake up hungry? Whenever it is, tailor your indulgences to best suit the time of day when you are hungriest, whether your hunger is physical or emotional, and you will greatly improve your overall chance of sticking to your diet the rest of the time.

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