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Can You Really Eat All Your Favorite Foods And Still Lose Weight?

Hey hey!

Another week, another quick Q&A session.

This question is, like last week, brought up many, many times by my awesome boot camp clients, but this particular instance is from Barb (and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask…I’m here to help).

Barb is new to the weight loss world – well that’s not totally true.  She’s tried to lose weight before, like many other ladies, but she’s new in the sense that she wants to do it right – and she wants to know whether she can eat her favorite treat (she’s a chocolate fiend) and still lose weight.

What do you think my answer was?

Do you think I told her no?  Maybe I told her that if she wants to lose weight, she has to sacrifice and sometimes sacrificing isn’t fun.

Or maybe I told her the truth…

Yes, you can have chocolate (or whatever your favorite treat is) and still lose weight.

However…

There are caveats to my answer.

First, you do have to understand that you can’t eat the way you’ve been eating because, well, that’s what put you into the situation you’re currently in.  I’m not going to lie and say that you can “eat all your favorite foods and still lose weight” because that’s a bunch of crapola.

Once you understand that you have to make a change, and are willing to accept that, you must then realize that you can, and should, enjoy your favorite treats, but do it in a way that still allows you to achieve your goals.

How do you do that?

First and foremost is understanding how you operate.

Are you the type of person who hovers close to a “food addict?”  By that I mean are you the type of person who can’t stop at just one piece of chocolate, but instead eat an entire chocolate bar…and crave more and more?

If so, then you need to relegate your treats to just 1 day per week and the rest of the week you should eat as clean as possible (but don’t freak out if you mess up…that’s going to happen).

Or, on the other hand, if you’re the type of person who can eat 1 small chocolate chip cookie and be satisfied, then you have a different option.

You can relegate your treats to one day per week – which is what I recommend for most folks anyway – or you can have 1 small treat per day.

However…

If you decide to do the 1 small treat per day, you may NOT have a day where you relax and call that, for lack of a better term, a reward day.

You can’t because the numbers won’t add up.

You can’t have a mini-cheat daily, and then an entire day as your reward day because that’s simply too much junk.

There are no ifs, ands or buts about that.

There is more to this explanation, and because of that I am going to cover this topic in depth in the March issue of the Lean, Strong and Vibrant Lifestyle Club, so be on the look out for that little piece of awesomeness, however my explanation should give you a quick understanding of having your favorite treats and still losing weight.

Is my explanation revolutionary?  No.

Is it earth shattering in the sense that it’s never been said or talked about before?  No, but the way I cover it next month will give you some insights into how you should look at the idea of treats/cheating/rewarding.

Does it work and does it make sense?  Absolutely!

So go on and rock on with your bad self.

Talk to you soon!

Ed

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Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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