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The Best Time to Indulge

on May 20, 2016

We all love foods that are not really the best for our waistline, but what if I told you there is a better way to include the foods you love in your diet? No, it’s not too good to be true! There really is a better way!

Now, most of the time we should follow a pretty good food plan. It helps to keep our energy up and makes our bodies happy. But we all love an indulgence now and then. So, what is the best way to have your cake and eat it too? By fitting it into your weekly food plan.

The best times of the day to include a treat is early in the day or before/after your workout. Now, I know you have a couple days when you don’t work out, but on the days that you sweat the most, your fun, tasty foods will fit in nicely and your waistline will barely even show it.

The reason for this timing window is that your body will use most of what you give it when you’re working the hardest, or if you have the rest of the day to burn it off. Now, don’t get me wrong. It is important to limit your sweets to items that you really love and are worth the splurge for your health’s sake. The sugar, fat and limited nutrients in most treats make them occasional indulgences for a reason. We don’t need to load up on junk all the time. But, when you are really in the mood or the occasion calls for it, try your best to get a workout in sometime before or after your splurge and you will limit the effect that the added calories will have on your body.

When you use the calories immediately for energy, you are able to thwart a lot of the storage that would take place without moving. Your body really is amazing and will hang on to the additional calories to use later if you don’t use them right away. So, beat your body to the punch and fool it into thinking that the extra calories had a purpose: to propel you to work harder during your workout!

So, hopefully this idea will come to mind the next time you need a treat! It’s always good to have a trick or two up your sleeve for when you really want your cookies, but you don’t want to wear them! Just make sure to save the added calories for when you are really in the mood, not letting it become a consistent habit.

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