When The Healthy Eating Regime Ends
The point immediately after when your healthy eating regime ends is not one that is often talked about. It’s when you give in to temptation on a night out and drink 20 pints of beer and have a pizza. From there most people go into a decline where they regain all the old weight and more.
We’ve all been through it and we all swear to get back into it but these are usually empty promises. The truth is that we have to get back into it today if we’re to do it at all and it’s much easier to make elaborate, beautiful plans for tomorrow whilst eating Oreos than it is to do anything healthy at all.
If you’ve entered a decline here are some tips on how to stop the rot before it gets too serious.
- Recognize you’ve started into a decline – Don’t slip into denial. Months will pass and you’ll be horrified at what you’ve done to yourself if you ignore it.
- Become more conscious of your eating habits – If you know you’re eating like shit, record it all down anyway into something like MyFitnessPal and identify areas for improvement. Cutting out any liquid calories is a perfect place to start. If you’re eating to feel better about yourself, will you be any happier when you’re bigger? Or will you feel worse and need to eat more?
- It’s not going to get easier the longer you leave it – In fact it will get harder to lose the excess weight the bigger you are. Now is always the best time to try something different.
- Reassure yourself that you can escape the cycle – It certainly helps if you’ve managed to stop a weight gain cycle in the past. If you haven’t you can look for inspiration from others around the internet.
- Re-examine your purpose – Why are you running? Did you start this so you had to run 10 miles to burn off a pizza you didn’t even enjoy? Did you start this to still be fat?
- Once you’ve started making a change, be patient – If you’ve spent a long time eating at a calorific deficit your body may be unwilling to co-operate with wanting less food for a while. Eat less sugar, try to get more sleep and give salad a chance. Maintaining a calorific balance gets easier the more you stick with it. Sometimes it can take a while to get the numbers to balance in your favour.
- Don’t get preoccupied with how far you’ve slipped – If you think “fuck it, I’m fat anyway now I might as well keep going” then you’ve lost. It’s more important to re-establish forward momentum again. Once you’re moving you can use the despair you felt at your lowest point to keep you moving in the right direction.
- Let your past struggles inform your future behaviour – Once you’re back on track remind yourself of how difficult it was to break out of an old bad cycle when you’re thinking of deviating from your plan. It’s much easier to stay dieting for one more day than it is to start all over again in the future. Make momentum your friend.