By Shelna Shiad
The week is going perfectly fine with the healthy meal routine. Then you hit the weekend. The options are endless. You give into your cravings and indulge. End result: All the efforts of the week has gone into vain. Sounds familiar? Don’t lose heart. We have all been there. A few changes to your routine can maximize the effectiveness of your healthy diet regime.
Allowing yourself to indulge here and there actually helps keep you healthier in the long run. It also makes you less likely to get to the point where you give up and eat an entire tub of ice cream or a bag of chips. But how you indulge is the key. Cheat meals are scheduled meals that include indulgent foods that wouldn’t ordinarily be permitted on your diet. A cheat day is when you allow yourself to consume any foods you want over an entire day. Keeping your cheats confined to one meal and not going off the rail is always the suggested option. Rewarding yourself a day of cheat meal just for sticking to a weight loss plan is not a healthy thing to do. It’s better to have just one cheat meal and have wholeheartedly whatever you like.
Even though it’s your day off, you need not skip fitness altogether. Engage in some outdoor activities like a walk or jog around the Corniche for a great start to the day. Go for cycling in the Aspire Park or Al Biddah Park which has bike friendly trails. Even a good swim at the beach or pool can energize you. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go kayaking in the mangroves near Al Khor. Plus it’s a change from your daily grind at the gym.
It’s a weekend and you sleep in for a few hours. Or sometimes you just think it’s better to make it a brunch. Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, there’s no denying the importance of breakfast. A healthy breakfast kick starts your metabolism, gives you the much needed energy after morning fitness activities, controls your appetite all day preventing you from overindulging the rest of the day.