Eating bland and unflavored white meat and veggies is not the most exciting thing that you can do to your taste buds for prolonged periods of time. Fortunately, a new study shows that actually having some of the good stuff every once in a while can be better for you. Here are some things you should know about it:
Diets Are Made to be Broken
When you adopt a new diet, this only means you are going to try out a new way of feeding yourself which you have not tried before. Diet, however, is a much broader term than just something you do to lose weight. It encompasses every food pattern possible and when you adopt a diet which you do not usually do, you are bound to break it.
So do not get frustrated if you had that piece of cake and start whining over breaking your diet. A new study even shows that when you break up your diet for extended periods of time might even work better for you. In such study, a control group took two weeks off at a time from their diets and even lost more weight. What is even better is that they were able to keep the weight off for longer.
Give Yourself a Break
A diet is something you temporarily do when trying to lose weight and when you are satisfied already, you can get cocky and start eating normally again and this could be why you can gain a lot of weight back. This is the sad reality for most diets. When you stop doing them, you can gain all of that weight back or sadder, you can pack up even more. Fortunately, you can avoid this setback and doing so actually looks much easier.
All you have to do is give yourself a break once in a while. In a study which was published in Nature’s International Journal of Obesity, some obese men were split into two groups. The first one followed a strict diet that they followed religiously while the second group had broken in between. At the end of the study, those who had breaks lost an astounding 47% more than those who did not take breaks.
Why Taking Breaks Works Better
When it comes to working out, you need to give your body time to rest so that it can rebuild stressed tissue, which will make you stronger for your next workout. This new study just confirms that the same principle applies for dieting.
The researchers behind this study explained that when you are dieting, your basic metabolism slows down. This is because your body no longer has to exert as much as it does not really have that many calories to deal with. When your metabolism slows down, it can take you longer to lose weight.
Taking Breaks Makes Dieting Goals More Attainable
Eating bland food and vegetables for prolonged periods of time is not the kind of life that a lot of us would want to live. When we eat like this for prolonged periods of time, a lot would just ditch it and have some of the good stuff at some point. Considering that a lot of very strict diets fail anyway, the key is to have a little of the good stuff every once in a while.
When you take a break from your diet every once in a while, you can make your dieting goals more attainable. You can make the most out of your calorie or sugar restriction while not missing out too much on the ice cream and chips which you loved as a kid.
Resetting Your Body’s Drive to Hold Fat
Losing weight can feel like a David vs. Goliath battle. Research shows that when we try to teach our body to lose weight, our bodies fight back. When our bodies are so used to an eating pattern or lifestyle, they will hold onto it for as long as they can in every way possible.
Studies show that those who have lost significant amounts of weight in the past producer fewer of those hormones that are responsible for making them lose weight. This could be because that strict diets can make you think that your body is starving as it pushes itself to run as efficiently as it can as it burns as little calories as possible.
Overdoing things can never be good for you and it looks like this applies to dieting as well. When dieting for prolonged periods of time, do not hesitate to take a break every once in a while. What do you think about this new discovery? Would you take a break from your diet or would you rather eat clean all the way? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.