When you're on a diet, facing a big meal can bring up conflicting emotions. On one hand, you're excited about enjoying a delicious meal, but on the other hand, you feel guilty before and after eating it. It's important to find a healthy balance in your relationship with food during your weight loss journey and learn to deal with this feeling of guilt.
The remorse before a large meal:
Before a big meal, it's common to feel guilty in advance. You worry about overeating, indulging in unhealthy foods, and undermining your weight loss progress. However, it's important to remember that occasional indulgence (in moderation) is part of a balanced diet.
Tips for dealing with remorse before a large meal:
Change your mindset: Instead of viewing heavy eating as a "trap" or a "weakness," refocus your perspective. Allow yourself to enjoy culinary pleasures occasionally without guilt. Remember that one meal won't ruin all your progress. Just don't make a habit of it.
Planning and compensation: If you know you will have a large meal, plan your other meals for the day to be lighter and more balanced. This will help you compensate for excess calories and maintain a balance in your overall intake.
Savor every bite: Instead of eating in a rushed manner, take your time to enjoy and savor each bite. This will allow you to appreciate your food more and help you feel satisfied with less.
Avoid "all or nothing" thinking: Don't let one meal make you give up on your goals. Remember that every day is a new opportunity to make healthy choices and get back on track toward your goals.
Focus on long-term balance: One large meal does not negate all your progress. Focus on the big picture. An occasional indulgent meal will not determine your success or failure.
Don't punish yourself: Don't punish yourself with extreme restriction or excessive exercise in response to remorse. This can create a negative, unbalanced cycle with food. Instead, choose healthy options at your next meals and get back to your normal routine.
Need help to carry out these strategies? Give self-hypnosis a try.