A common question I get from clients goes something like this:
On Friday I overate by about 400 calories. Should I compensate for that the next day by eating less?
My answer is a very clear no, and here’s why…
A Healthy Lifestyle Requires Healthy Habits
That might seem like an obvious statement to you, but if you find yourself overcompensating for a day of overeating, then you’re likely missing one very important connection.
Habits require many repetitions to form. That’s what turns a particular behavior into a habit so that it can start to work on autopilot without much thought or effort.
So when you get most of your behavioral repetitions in through over and undereating, you get really good at doing those two things. So good that it might become a habit.
And because of that, you spend very little time doing the behaviors you want as part of your healthy lifestyle, which means they don’t get the repetitions in to become… Continue Reading