Feeling guilty after a holiday feast?
You don’t actually have to. Experts show that beyond the shame of overindulgence are several important benefits to your current health goals.
So if you are still beating yourself, fasting and working out to death to compensate for stuffing yourself silly last weekend, you need to simmer down with this article.
What Is Overindulgence?
Have you ever had one of those euphoric moments wherein you allowed yourself to have too much of something enjoyable or pleasurable? That’s exactly overindulgence.
In eating, overindulgence often — if not always — comes with a backlash. Bloating, reflux and indigestion — these are just three to name a few.
Studies show, however, that short-term overeating does not result in weight gain, higher fat and body masses compared to doing it in long-term.
Is Overindulgence Helpful In Any Way?
In a few ways, YES! In fact, some health, fitness and wellness experts swear by the power of overindulgence on occasion.
Here are 3 important benefits of overindulgence to outline a few.
1. It provides a mental break from dieting.
Our motivation to stick on a strict diet can sometimes sink and hit its plateau. Constantly measuring every portion and counting calories can be draining so allowing yourself a little leeway to enjoy the food you love a few times a year can give you space to relax from the pressure and go back to the grindstone with renewed motivation.
2. It teaches you that progress is not linear.
When we start a new diet or workout routine, we expect everything to be perfect and to go in a smooth straight line without fluctuation. In reality, our progress can pause, move upward and dip downward and it’s perfectly okay.
A one-time overindulgence session can remind us that our best won’t look the same everyday but it won’t mean, in any way, that we are not making progress.
3. It allows you to regress briefly.
Imagine visiting an ex and getting reminded why you left them. Overindulgence works the same. It enables us to dip in our old selves and remember why we started to do things differently.
Whatever your health or body goal is, a heavy meal out of your regular diet portion won’t really hurt in the long run if only done once in a while. Life offers a lot of occasions and let’s face it, we all overdo it with food sometimes. So relax. A one-off cheat day won’t get you out of your track.