You’ve taken the first step to living a healthier lifestyle; that’s amazing! Good on you!
Your intentions were good.
You’ve started exercising, and eating healthier; substituting certain foods for their healthier counterpart, buying organic, and picking healthier snacks.
But one little mistake can unravel all of your efforts. And I am guilty of this myself. As I’m writing this, I’m spooning crunchy peanut butter straight from the container. (Don’t look at me!)
That mistake is thinking, because you’ve exercised and eaten clean, you can binge and/or overindulge on the good or bad stuff, and it will still help you to ‘lose fat’, or that the two actions will cancel each other out.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Although being healthier means your body is more efficient in the way it runs (digestion, absorption etc), it doesn’t mean you can get away with eating 100grams of peanut butter in one sitting (again, don’t look at me).
It is extremely easy to gain fat on eating unhealthy junk food, but it’s also just as easy to gain fat on overeating healthy foods too. It’s a scary fact, but if you are eating at a caloric surplus, you will gain weight because remember, energy that is not used needs to go somewhere, and so, it is converted into fat.
My main healthy food vice is peanut butter (yes, it’s healthy because it contains a good amount of protein and fibre, some vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and is low in carbohydrates). And the reason I’m telling you this is because I think it’s time I kick my bad habit (of overeating it, and having it straight out of the container). I’m doing Dry July this year, and I was originally going to do ‘dry peanut butter’ (haha) too, but I think I might take baby steps instead by drastically (DRASTICALLY) minimising my intake.
If you have a food addiction or habit you want to kick, join me!