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Can You Lose Weight Without Giving Up The Food You Love?

When it comes to trying to lose weight, one of the things that almost immediately saps a lot of people's motivation is the idea that they have to give up all of the food that they really love. After all, why would you want to spend your time feeling hungry and miserable, even if the long-term effects are positive? That's the thing about people; we often have trouble thinking long-term, especially when we're hungry! That being said, do you really have to give up all of the foods that you love? Well, the truth is that no, you don't! Here are a few simple things that you can do in order to make sure that you're able to stay in shape without giving up all of your favourite foods.
Try healthier alternatives
One of the most important things to remember is that there are almost always alternatives out there to some of the most unhealthy foods that you might be tempted to eat. Instead of eating recipes that are full of sugar, why not use pure maple syrup as an alternative? It's just as delicious, all natural, and way better for you. Similarly, cutting back on salt doesn't need to drain your food of all flavour. Take the opportunity to start playing around with seasoning and spices to bring more flavour to your dishes.   
Reduce portion sizes
Of course, one of the main things to remember is that it might not be what you're eating, but how much of it you're eating. If you're tempted by one of your favourite foods, why not just reduce your portion size? That way you get to enjoy it guilt free without worrying about the impact that it's going to have on your diet and lifestyle overall. After a while, you'll probably find that you can't believe how you were even able to eat the kinds of portion sizes you had before.
Save it for cheat days
Then again, sometimes you just need to indulge yourself for a while to get it out of your system. That's where cheat days come in. By setting aside a day every once in awhile to throw your diet out of the window, you're able to indulge in all of the delicious food that you've been abstaining from, just for a little while. As long as you can be disciplined all the time outside of it, having a single day where you go all out isn't going to do you much harm at all. A lot of the time, the work you put in at other times is the price you pay for being able to have the one day where you eat whatever you like without worrying about it.
No matter what kind of diet you're on, you're always going to need to exercise a decent amount of self-control. However, that doesn't mean that you should force yourself to be miserable in order to see results. The key is to find something that works for you and allows you to see the results you want while also letting to live a happy and well-rounded life.

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