3 Reasons Why You DON’T Need to Punish Yourself For the Candy You Ate Last Night

When you look up from the candy wrappers….

Listen. We get it. Halloween comes around once a year, and if you actively try and live a healthful, candy-free lifestyle, it can be really challenging to say no to the pile of Starbursts and Hershey Kisses your kids don’t want to eat. Whether you had a few pieces or a few handfuls last night, know one thing: You DON’T need to punish yourself. Treat today like any other day. Start from 0, don’t run yourself on a crazy deficit, and you’ll be back to baseline in no time.

Here are some helpful reasons why you should NOT punish yourself the next few days:

You did NOT do any damage to your overall health, wellness, and goals.

So you get on the scale and for the next few days it’s a few lbs higher than it was before Halloween. Guess what? That’s just your body telling you that it needs a few days to recouperate! Give yourself some grace, and have the patience to understand that the weight gain is temporary. Not to mention, it could be a whole slew of other things, like:

You drank a ton of water to wash down your candy.

You did a really tough Halloween workout.

You’re about to get your period/your hormones are fluctuating.

You didn’t get enough sleep.

You should NOT eat whatever you want the rest of the week/restrict what you eat because “you’ve ruined everything”.

Remember: one day is not going to do any damage to your overall goals. Just like weight loss and body composition changes take time to stick, so does weight GAIN. Get back on your normal routine, and don’t deprive yourself. Eat your normal macros regardless of the candy party last night. But maybe toss any tempting leftovers, just for good measure.

You don’t need to drive yourself into the ground during your next week of workouts.

Your body is stressed out enough already trying to get off of the chocolate express, so don’t put it through any unnecessary stress in the gym. Follow the program as you would any other day of the week! Additional cardio or “calorie burning workouts” aren’t going to benefit you like you think. You CAN take a walk during your lunch break or stay after class to do some light accessory work, but there’s no need to punish yourself through fitness. Again, your body just needs a few days to level back out.

 

 

 

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Keep your brain clear, your scale visible, and your belly full! Tracking doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating. Take 3 minutes today and read about some of our top Do’s and Don’ts to tracking your macros.

Do:

Keep your food scale on the counter.

Out of sight, out of mind! Keep your food scale out and visible as a reminder to weigh and measure when you’re at home. It is the most accurate way to figure out how much you’re eating!

Track everything you eat.

If you don’t, you are defeating the whole purpose of tracking your macros in the first place. The beauty of tracking is being able to eat whatever you want (no guilt here!), but within a portion-controlled amount.

Choose nutrient-dense foods.

9 times out of 10, choosing a nutrient-dense food (for example, a piece of fruit), will pack LESS macronutrients than choosing the less nutrient-dense food (like a scoop of ice cream). That means, if you love to eat in volume, you can eat MORE for LESS. Win, win.

Communicate with your coach.

If you’re constantly starving, having trouble hitting your carbs, or generally feeling unmotivated, your coach is here to help you! Communication is key, and we promise, we’ve been there before. Let us help you work through it.

Don’t:

Beat yourself up if you aren’t perfect.

There is no reason for you to forget about the progress you’ve made if you aren’t perfect for a day, or even a week. Be gracious with yourself and remember that this is a lifestyle change, and it takes time. Not to mention, that added pressure of being perfect may actually be detrimental to your goals. Stress = Counterproductive.

Restrict.

Restriction of certain food groups or individual foods will only cause cravings, and ultimately binges (unless you are actually sensitive/allergic to these foods). Let yourself live! You can have your cake AND eat it too. As long as you track it.

Looking for more tracking tips? My Fitness Pal suggests these 10 for tracking newbies.