Being strict actually leaves me with limited options of what I can eat, which is why eating clean has always worked out best for me to maintain eating right and losing weight. I recently, at the beginning of October, gave myself a cheat meal. That eventually lead to a cheat day and then to a cheat month. I fell completely off and I am just now getting back on track. Sugar addiction is alive and well when it comes to me and once I get a taste it takes a while to get it under control.
There are a few things I have to do down to the T in order to keep myself on tract:
- Eating as clean as possible is a must! (flavored oatmeal is the only way I can eat it)
- Drinking at least a gallon of water everyday! (I hold on to water weight like nobodies business)
- Eating every 2 1/2 - 3 hours. If I don't I usually don't eat enough throughout the day
- Working out at least 4 - 5 days a week. I hate working out so when I stop it is hell to get back going.
Do what you feel is best when you need to stay on track. No every plan will work for everybody!