Wouldn’t it be nice if scientists discovered that eating unlimited chocolate helps you lose weight, look younger, and have unlimited energy? Oh yes.
Now, back to reality. Due to a slower metabolism in menopause, most of us have to watch what we eat and change our diet to more fresh food and less junk. But sometimes fruit and veggies just don’t cut it, and you long to indulge in some of your old favorites.
Here are 4 tips to enjoy a diet cheat day in menopause:
Make a Plan
When you’re planning a diet cheat day, think of your favorite foods that you don’t usually eat. Are you craving bread hot from the oven, a nice cocktail with an umbrella, or a piece of your favorite dessert? Decide which option seems the tastiest and save the others for another splurge day.
Pick a Special Occasion
What better time to take a diet cheat day than when you’re going to a wedding, a party, or BBQ? The trick is not to hang around the food table. Fill your plate and go mingle with the crowd. It’s fun to catch up with old friends and you might even make some new ones.
Take small portions. If you’re going to be tempted to devour the whole bread basket, cut yourself a small slice and have the waiter take it away. Remember all the hard work you put in to lose weight and you don’t want to wipe that out by overindulging.
Don’t Feel Guilty
It’s easy to beat yourself up when you binge, but keep it in perspective. This was a temporary detour and you will get back on track tomorrow.