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  • Recovering From a Weekend of Binge Eating High Calorie, Fattening Foods

    By Travis Steffen on Monday, July 20, 2009in Diets & Foods  

    ff2imagesWell, it’s Monday again and if your weekend was anything like mine, it involved utter reckless abandon of your weight loss diet plan. My family and I celebrated my Mom’s birthday at my place this weekend, indulging in rich, delicious, high calorie, fattening foods. The homemade menu included baked pesto penne (with extra cheese of course), garlic cheese biscuits and chocolate orange cheesecake (I’m seeing a cheese pattern here) along with a vast selection of alcoholic beverages. Some may call it binge eating and drinking, but I just call it a really good party. Thankfully however, it doesn’t happen every weekend, because if it did I certainly wouldn’t be able to fit into my party dress and I doubt I’d be very impressive in my ‘birthday suit’.

    I must admit that I struggled with the decision to write this particular post. After all, I’m a professional in the health and fitness industry, offering diet and exercise advice to the entire world. Should I really be confessing to my enjoyment of two straight days spent consuming high fat food, copious amounts of alcohol and appetizers the size of family platters? Well, we’re all human, even us pros and once in a while we all need to just let loose, take the belt off and fill the proverbial trough I suppose.

    alcimagesSo what happens Monday morning when you feel extra puffy, your ankles are swollen and the pants you want to wear are slightly less than comfortable? Simple. You pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on track. Revisit your weight loss plan and don’t beat yourself up about the previous day or two. Like I said, we’re all human and sometimes we just have to answer the call of triple chocolate torte, french fries smothered in gravy and my personal favorite, the bottomless glass of pinot grigio!

    It would be unnatural, boring and totally absurd to resist temptation all of the time and almost certainly would lead to binge eating at some point. Instead of perfection, aim for good behavior 80 to 90 percent of the time. If you follow a healthy eating plan and avoid fattening foods almost all of the time, it allows for the occasional slip up here and there. A day or two of naughtiness once in awhile won’t totally destroy the hard work and commitment you’ve dedicated to your weight loss plan. This is assuming of course that you’ve been on your best behavior for a somewhat lengthy stretch of time.

    7imagesSo, the goal this week is to follow that eating plan to a T and work out just a little harder during your work out routines in the gym. Now that you’ve had your fun, it’s time to tighten the belt and get back on track. Don’t worry, in a week to ten days you can catch up with the pizza delivery guy again!

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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