I’ve been writing about weight loss for a long time now and at least five times a year – and almost every year about this time- I have to write a particular statement. That statement is ‘one blow out does not make you fat, it’s what you do after it that does that’ – seriously, eat a cupcake now and again and nothing will happen to your weight. Feel bad about that cupcake/takeaway/8th sausage roll at the Xmas party, think you’ve blown everything and eat crap for the rest of the day/week/until next Monday when it’s time to start again – and the scales will go up. It’s such a simple fact yet every day so many of us fall off of whatever healthy eating wagon we’re on just because we consumed a couple of hundred calories that aren’t on the program – which then leads to a couple of hundred more going in.
I know it, you know it, and now a group of scientists in New Zealand have proved it finding that people who feel guilty about eating treats tend to weigh more than those who just enjoy what they eat and don’t worry about it – the reason being, that the guilty ones tend to eat more rubbish because they feel bad. Fact is food is nice and life is too short to never have a cake – but if you’re watching your weight eat a small bit of cake, go for a bit of a walk afterwards and then forget about the cake. Listen to your stomach not your head and you’ll probably find you naturally want to eat less at the next meal anyway. That’s the feeling to tap into – not the little devil on your shoulder telling you that you’ve blown it so why not eat everything else in the house.