With the Long Weekend holidays already starting for my clients followed by the very festive Canada Day, eating on plan can be very challenging. Using the strategy of the FREE MEAL is beneficial for holidays and events.
It is very important to understand the logic behind the FREE MEAL and where it lies in the overall strategy of dieting:
-Choosing WHAT TO EAT along with HOW MUCH TO EAT are the 2 key components of the FREE MEAL.
- Try (to the best of your ability) choosing the most nutritious foods available and limit the obvious choices detrimental to your fat loss goals such as anything fried, anything processed, gravy, potato chips, candy, ice cream, etc.
- And don't forget Portion Control! The AMOUNT is actually MORE IMPORTANT than what you actually CHOOSE so if you must indulge in less than nutritious food sources (such as the foods listed above) for your FREE MEAL, enjoy reasonable amounts (don't have your plate overflowing) and avoid second servings. The FREE MEAL is not a ticket to gorge or eat yourself until you burst.
If both rules are adhered to I repeat - ENJOY your FREE MEAL!!! If you don't, you lose the whole point of it.
The FREE MEAL, when used correctly and in conjunction with regularly eating the right foods in the correct amounts during the week (do you see the overall correlation here?), builds positive, long-term dietary habits. When this skill is mastered, the need to be "dieting" all the time becomes more and more irrelevant.
Happy Long Weekend everyone!