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Making the switch: Stop and reintroduce

Published:Monday | January 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson

We all know that diets tend to crash and burn. But how about making a serious lifestyle change while cutting yourself a little slack every now and then? Fitness expert Kamila McDonald explained to Flair: "When you stick to a healthy lifestyle regime, it can get taxing and hectic over time. It's not sustainable to do 24/7, after all, we are humans. But the beautiful thing about it is that you can always create a balance."

She continued by noting that she practises stop and reintroduce (S&R) by using the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating. And by that, she means 80 per cent healthy eating and 20 per cent wiggle room to continue consuming what you love. "If you start out by dedicating 100 per cent to strictly clean eating, then you might be setting yourself up for a fall. And that is why so many give up so early or never really try in the first place, out of fear that they will miss out. So I have introduced one cheat meal per week so that it can be done in moderation. I have found that it has worked for me as well as my clients."

She recommends having that cheat meal on the weekend, and really give yourself a break. Also, she asserted, keeping a food journal makes you conscious of what you eat on a day-to-day basis. That way, you keep on track for the entire week, and reward yourself with a treat. "A cheat meal is like spending all the money you have saved during the week on the weekend. Or like a bonus you receive from all the hard work you put in on a project. Consistency is the key to good health, but you can add a little spice every now and then."