What do you do if you splurge on a big meal or binge on those office snacks? Do you let it ruin your entire day? Do you think...well, I already ruined the day, I might as well eat everything in sight? Do you skip the next three meals to make up for it?
Here are some tips for how to handle that splurge:
1. Make your next meal healthy
Don't let one bad choice get you off track. The one splurge won't have a big impact on your progress. But, if you let it take you off track the rest of the day and beyond, it certainly will. So, chalk it up to a bad decision and move one by getting right back on track.
2. Stay positive
So you slipped up. So what? Remember why you started. A healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination and on every journey there are bound to be a few bumps in the road. Don't let one bump throw you off the road.
3. Analyze WHY it happened
Did you have food in your pantry that shouldn't have been there? Did someone in your office bring in dessert? Did you cave to the peer pressure and have that extra glass of wine? Once you know why, you can think about how to avoid or prevent it from happening in the future.
4. Increase your budget
Do you know how you can increase your calorie budget? Burn more calories! If you know you're going to have a bad eating day, put a little extra into your workout or do an extra workout so you have a few more calories to spare and you don't have to feel bad about them.
5. Don't amend the budget
Whatever you do, don't skip meals to try to make up for a bad one. That will put you into a cycle of bad eating choices and wreak havoc on your metabolism. Just make a healthy choice at the next meal.
6. Get support
One of the biggest keys to success in any lifestyle change is having the support of others. So surround yourself with friends and family that want you to succeed. Get a coach and/or accountability partner! As an example, Beachbody Coaches build a community of people with similar goals who support and encourage each other.
BOTTOM LINE: Don't let one bad decision ruin your progress. It's more about mindset than anything. Set your mind right and you will succeed!