Good news! Eating bread could actually help you make your goal weight— so get ready to have a piece of toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, or french bread for dinner. I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!
OK, OK, so it’s not like bread has all of a sudden become more healthy. But, a recent study did prove that those who allowed themselves a day of indulgence while dieting were more likely to stick to their diets long term.
According to the study proved that after two weeks of dieting, the participants who had eaten whatever they wanted on Sundays were more motivated to keep up their diet plan throughout the week.
This proves that a little indulgence never hurt anybody. Plus, it gives you something to look forward to throughout the week, dropping pounds all the while.
The idea of choosing a specific day for your favorite not-so-healthy foods is an important one.
“The key is to plan ahead and designate a specific day for your rule-breaking,” study author Rita Coelho do Vale, Ph.D says.
“That’s because giving in to a spur-of-the-moment donut can make you feel like you blew your diet—and might as well abandon it completely.”
There’s no denying that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is still going to take discipline and determination, but at least there’s light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Because you’ve always got that slice of pizza coming for you at the end of the week!
Occasional indulgence makes dieting more sustainable, the researchers say.
Self-restraint wears you out, and if you’re drained and grumpy, you’re more likely to give up. But if you can look forward to a “free day” where you enjoy items that wouldn’t normally fall within your healthful eating plan, you’ll be more likely to stick to your diet the rest of the week.
The bottom line: Don’t swear off certain foods completely. Go ahead and enjoy that sandwich every Friday. They may just help you finally move the needle on the scale.
I can’t finish this article on the idea that bread is healthy for everyone, because it’s definitely NOT. I’m a believer that even “moderation” can be unhealthy, because many times we don’t understand how much we are actually eating.
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