I'm a big advocate of taking a diet break for long term fat loss, weight control and fitness success. If you've read my blog before you already now that a diet break is when you take a day or two off from concentrating on eating a healthy diet and just enjoy yourself.
The important thing to remember when taking a diet break is that you should have some time and experience under your belt in eating properly. This helps when it's time to come off the diet break because you'll be falling back into a routine that you've already established.
This weekend I decided to take a diet break. I went to Las Vegas to support a former client and friend that was participating in the Baker to Vegas run. The Baker to Vegas run is law enforcement event where several law enforcement agencies put a 20 person team together to have a relay race from Baker to Las Vegas.
So anyway, during this trip I decided to take a diet break and just enjoy my time in Las Vegas. This included eating at a buffet, having some drinks, and a lot of fast food. Needless to say, my diet this weekend was definitely not an example of how to eat in a healthy way.
Although I didn't eat in a healthy way, the diet break has definitely done what I was hoping it would do, rejuvenate my motivation to get back to working out and eating healthy. Most people get burned out when going on a diet or trying to eat too healthy for too long. Diet breaks will help you avoid burn out and can actually help boost your metabolism. All the extra food and calories signal your body that it's getting plenty of food and that it can go ahead and burn calories at a faster rate. This boost in your metabolism can do wonders when you get back to your diet.