Treats and diets: They can work together


Ever heard the philosophy that treats and diets just shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence? We bet you have.

Sure, turning to chocolate cake at every opportunity isn’t going to do your diet any favors whatsoever. However, if managed correctly, there are ways in which you can turn to treats and snacks without completely falling flat on your face with your diet.

Here, we’ll look at some of the best ways to do this.

First and foremost, you NEED treats…

If you are part of the ‘new year, new me’ brigade, please don’t buy into the philosophy that you don’t need treats.

Sure, some people (and this is a really small proportion of people) might be able to eradicate them completely from their life. On the whole, we all need them, just to give our body a break.

Sure, they should be kept to a minimum, but if you cut out all treats you’ll find that it becomes very difficult to maintain any sort of successful diet.

But you don’t need treat days

Something that we hear time and time again are “cheat days”. Some diets have even been named in accordance with this philosophy, such as the 6-1 diet. Again, the idea is to give your body a break on one day of the week, but a lot of people just don’t act responsibly with this. They will binge an on enormous number of calories, meaning that their hard work through the rest of the week is worthless.

Not only that, but for those other six days you are again torturing your body as you are not giving it any rest bite whatsoever.

Not all treats are equal

Just remember, not all treats are equal. A small chocolate candy bar is a drop in the ocean compared to burger, fries and a large coke.

As such, you need to determine the scale of your treats. There’s nothing wrong with the odd bit of candy here and there, but if you are turning to fast food like the above on a regular basis your diet is going to fall completely flat.

WebMD do an excellent calculator to help you with this:

A final note: remember the basic calorie formula

If you don’t take anything else from this article, let’s leave you with a basic formula.

Put simply, you need to be burning off more calories than you are consuming. It means that when you next assess whether or not you should turn to a specific treat, just try and gauge it based on everything else you have consumed.



Mia Johnson
Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

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