Your relationship with food
Do you have a bad relationship with food?
The idea that some foods are good and some foods are bad is ridiculous
If you treat yourself to a battered mars bar once a month, this is not going to have an effect on your weight management goals
That isn’t to say it is good for you, it’s just that the suggestion this is going to affect your goals is silly
To maintain weight, your average woman who is active and exercises very little can eat around the 2000 calories a day
Based on this, over 30 days the total calories she can consume without gaining or losing weight would be 60,000 calories
That treat we discussed is likely to come in the area of 600 cals. So if she has this once a month, this would actually only be 100th of her calorie intake
HOWEVER, let’s say she has this 2 times a week
8% of the total calories for the month are now coming from this area, that’s a lot of saturated fat, and sugar
BUT ASK YOURSELF NOW…
Is the Mars bar itself bad?
We know consuming this treat once a month will not have an effect on your results
It’s not the food’s fault for being ‘bad’- it’s OUR fault for consuming it too regularly.
This is very important, and here’s why…
When you refer to a treat as ‘bad’ for you, you have a NEGATIVE relationship with that food
Then, every time you eat it, you will feel bad, maybe get upset and begin on a negative downward spiral
What can we learn from this?
Stop telling yourself not to eat bad food, because when you tell yourself you can’t have it
This habit of calling food ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you’ creates a negative relationship with food
You can treat yourself to almost anything if you eat it in the correct amount, and still achieve great goals
IF, it fits with your calorie, protein, fat, carb, and micronutrients.
We arent saying treat yourself to 4 bottles of wine, we are just saying starving yourselves of these odd treats can increase the risk of you overconsuming these foods
Hope this helps anyone out there understand their relationship with food in a little more detail ?
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