Have you seen the ad with the guy wearing his speedos as he walks out of the water across the beach and into the street? The ads voice over is saying 'togs, togs, togs' as he gets out of the water, 'togs, togs' as he walks across the beach, then as soon as he's on the sidewalk 'undies, undies, undies'. This is pretty much the way most people treat their 'treat food'. Taken occasionally and in a planned environment it is indeed a treat. But, eaten daily as a constant reward for working hard, meeting a deadline or not punching a colleague, those treats become 'undies'...... I mean, they become regular habits.
The word treat is defined below:
; plural noun:
an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.
"he wanted to take her to the pictures as a treat"
The key defining point of that treat being a treat is that it is out of the ordinary. At Results Room we have an additional guideline which we use to help plan in treats to best fit with your lifestyle. We call it 'Sweaty Sessions Vs Diversions' and it's a constant measure of how your exercise and activity stacks up against your food. These measures are tracked through the Real Food Diary and are monitored by your trainer, guaranteeing at least a 6 weekly feedback consult on how your behaviour (either good or bad) is contributing to the results you're getting.
The 3 Best Methods to keep treats under control:
- Use the Results Room Real Food Programme and fill out the daily diary. You'll be amazed where those treats are slipping in, but once you see them written in front of you they'll be easier to deal with.
- Avoid surrounding yourself with temptation. No one is made of stone. If you know that keeping a packet of chocolate or chippies in your drawer will be tempting, get rid of them. Don't keep change in your purse for the coke machine, or stash lollies in the pantry for when the 'grandkids' come over.
- Hang out with supportive people. Studies have shown that social circles are especially important to a persons level of health. Overweight people hang out with other overweight people, which tends to perpetuate the same old behaviour. If you want to have healthy habits you'll need to surround yourself with people of a similar attitude.