Crave Junk Food?
If you crave junk food, you are not alone. Sugar and salt is addictive; that’s why you cannot have just one! You’ve probably heard of a cheat day, which many people in the fitness industry say. On your cheat day, which is once a week, you can have that sugary snack, like ice cream or maybe you’ll indulge in a few slices of pepperoni pizza. This way you won’t feel like you’re going crazy and end of binging. That would be worse.
What if you cannot hold out for a week? What if you sneak one cookie between lunch and dinner? Will that kill your diet? What if you have a ½ cup instead of 1 cup of ice cream before bed? If you normally eat three cookies every day and cut down to one cookie, there’s no doubt you’ll lose weight as long as you don’t increase your calories in other meals or snacks. The same holds true for the smaller portion of ice cream.
The question is, can you stop at just one cookie? Can you only eat that small a portion of ice cream and be satisfied? If you eat sugary and processed items every day then you are going to crave them daily. If you only eat these fattening, low-nutrient foods once a week then those cravings will calm down. You’ll also lose more weight and lose the weight faster if you restrict the junk food to once a week since sugar causes inflammation. Inflammation is a major hindrance to weight loss.
If you cannot finish the day without a treat, I have good news. You can have a square or two of dark chocolate every day. There’s a relatively small amount of sugar in dark chocolate and the cocoa is good for you. Now you can have your chocolate and your flat abs too!