There is something satisfying and gratifying about allowing yourself to eat your favorite foods even if it's not on your healthified list. If fact, enjoying a *cheat meal*, actually better described at a *treat meal* or *food-joy*, once a week can be a good strategy for keeping you from binging and otherwise throwing yourself off the... fitness horse and getting hurt! BUT there are rules of engagement so you can both enjoy AND stay steady on your fitness horse. Don't go nuts! Going overboard can set you back days and overdoing can be your un-doing.
4 Rules for a Successful Treat Meal!
1. Fill up on something healthy before you start. Eat a salad, have some fruit, or a big glass of water, but don't go into the meal starved. You're bound to do some damage.
2. Pay attention to portions. As much as you've looked forward to this meal, it's not a time to shovel in as much as you can. It's so you can enjoy the taste and flavors of the food.
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3. Try not to go for 2nds. If you feel you must, wait 10-15 minutes. Chances are you may not want any more.
4. Leave feeling *filled* not FULL. The idea is to have enjoyed your food and feel good when you walk away not over-stuffed and sorry for it.