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Many people think that in order to lose weight you need to completely avoid including junk foods or fast foods in your diet. This is an unnecessary practice, and in the long term can sabotage your weight loss goals, as it sets unrealistic expectations that are impossible to maintain. Weight loss ultimately comes down to calories, no matter the source, and including the occasional “treat” can be incredibly beneficial in the long run.
While in our beginning Nutrition & Weight Loss Meal Plans we put a great emphasis on whole, nutrient-dense, foods and encourage people to avoid eating junk food in order to break old habits, once a person is accustomed to this style of eating and progresses to one of our Macro Plans, we encourage them to start incorporating “treats” as this is a great way to progress with the lifestyle and turn it into something maintainable.
Our client’s food log below is a perfect example of how one can incorporate foods that many weight loss plans would deem as “off limits”, and still stay on track with your calorie goals for the day and your long term goal of fat reduction.
As you can see, the majority of her calories came from nutritious sources, but she was also able to have some flexibility in her day and incorporate a moderate portion of McDonalds. In fact, despite the fast food in her diet, she was still UNDER for her calories and macros that day.
As long as the majority of your diet is focused around nutrient-dense whole foods, including the occasional processed or fast food is not going to have a negative impact, and in the long term will most likely help you to be more successful. When you become too restrictive with your diet, chances are you’re not going to be able to maintain that style of eating long-term. By having a balance, you make the process of losing weight not only far more enjoyable, but also easier, due to the increase in flexibility and food choices. When a diet is not only easier, but also more enjoyable, it becomes something that you are much more likely to be successful with in reaching your goals and establishing a new healthy lifestyle for yourself.
So if your goal is to lose weight or even just improve your eating habits, be sure to hit your macro/calorie goals, get the majority of your calories from nutritious food sources, and set aside some calories for those foods you really enjoy that don’t fit into a typical diet plan.
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