GUILT: EVERYBODY FEELS IT
Behaviour is a funny thing, but a crucial and often overlooked component in a healthy and active lifestyle. We beat ourselves up when our plans fail, but often don’t really know, or even wonder, why they fail. Our goal is to shed some light on these matters and give you some easy tips and tricks to help you change.
Everybody feels it
Everybody feels what now? We’re talking about our two faced nemesis by the name of guilt. Guilt can be a good thing and a bad thing. It makes us more human in many ways and we feel guilty in a plethora of situations (and often rightly so). When we cheat on our significant other, it’s probably right to feel guilty. When we steal the last seat on the bus just before a pregnant lady wants to sit down: we should feel guilty. When we snatch away our partner’s last cookie that he or she was saving for after dinner, we probably should feel a little bit guilty.
In the context of a diet or healthy lifestyle, it gets a bit more complicated. We personally believe guilt shouldn’t really be a factor within a healthy relationship with food. Guilt is the path to the dark side. Guilt leads to anger at yourself, and anger at yourself can lead to impulsive decisions. Impulsive decisions in this context often divert you from the path that leads to your goal.
The stage is set: a party is announced and you’re going. It’s a co-worker’s birthday party. She is also a foodie and there will be a myriad of snacks: petit fours, assorted French cheeses, artisanal potato crisps, chocolate lava cake, foie gras on garlic and thyme crackers, and so on. There will be alcohol aplenty, not the cheap stuff either, and fun will be had this evening. The question is of course: what will you do?
What happens often? People have set goals and are shedding the pounds. They’ve been working hard for weeks and months. They’re doing good and feeling good. But then it happens: they have one blowout feast and feel they’ve screwed up all of their progress. They feel guilty about it, get angry with themselves and let all their hard earned new habits go out the window. Meaning: they regress back to the eating pattern they had before they started their fat loss journey, and revert back to being their old selves, the ones they set out to change.
One of the reasons people feel guilty is that they think one or two such social events will ruin their whole progress. In just a few words: that’s absurd.
You shed those pounds over a period of weeks and months. So unless you have a stomach that is virtually a black hole, it’s impossible to actually gain that much fat in one evening. In the end, it’s all about how many calories you consume, and believe us, you won’t be able to consume several pounds worth of calories in just one evening. Sure, you could negate the efforts of one week’s workouts maybe, if you don’t plan wisely, but throwing everything overboard after a decadent evening is a bit much. Remember girls: this process is a marathon and not a sprint.
What to do
Especially with the coming Christmas holidays in mind, what can we do to prevent ourselves from letting everything go after a luscious dinner?
Anticipate the feast. Maybe compensate a bit in the days leading up to, or the day of the event by eating higher volume foods (high protein, lots of veggies, limited carbohydrates and fats), so you’ve got some calories to play with. Don’t go crazy with this, though. Enjoy the feast. And revert back to your conscious eating pattern after the party.
Enjoy yourself thoroughly and without guilt. Who needs that on a festive evening?
Some lessons to keep in mind:
Don’t eat just for the sake of eating. Enjoy every bite and be conscious of what you’re eating.
Don’t eat just because it’s in front of your face. Only eat something if you really want it.
Don’t stuff yourself beyond your limit. Feeling full? Stop eating.
Don’t feel guilty for enjoying your evening, you’re being human.
Something you should definitely not feel guilty about is our After Workout Shakes. Learn more about them here!