Before I get flamed grilled for this “literally”. Here is a disclaimer. A burger is only healthy, depending on what you’re eating. Sounds simple enough, right? Not really. That’s the illusion.
If you’re anything like me, you’d probably love to eat.
Heck, even live to eat!
When I first got started in my weight loss journey which is something like few years ago, I got so nervous about loading up calories or the mythical eating as little fat or calories as I can. This is utterly an opposite of most of scientific weight loss and nutrition advice on a professional basis.
How do you eat that burger and still lose weight?
You want to ensure 3 things when you are on a Cheat Week. By the way, cheat week means you eat certain comfort foods and yet be able to burn it all within the span of the same day or so.
Point #1: Identify The Ingredients In Your “Cheat Food”
Being diligent in your food ingredient or content is not the same as being picky. I’ve seen picky eaters eat nothing but either just a piece of item that doesn’t contribute a single nutritional value.
When you sit down and look at your menu or the item being served, observe if you see core elements, like vegetables, complex carbs like wholewheat, grains, or beans. Did I say meat is good for you? Yeah, meat is good, like nutritionally good.
Point #2: Whole Food or Processed Food
Almost anything in this modern age calls for fast food. What I mean is canned foods, foods out of a bag, plastic or packaging in the supermarket or store. You know, the kind that tastes good and heats up on the microwave ready to eat in 3 minutes.
More bluntly put, there are foods like sausages, burger patties or fillets that are pre-processed at factory level. A factory isn’t a bad thing as we need efficient production. It’s the economic profit driver that companies pump preservative and/or excessive amounts or sodium or enriched minerals (really more like fake nutrition) into the products.
Now, closer to home, if that burger patty speaks to you and tell you, “Hey, I’m organic or I am made from mostly whole meat and non-processed”. Then, that’s when you go for the bite.
Point #3: Go Light On Sauce
Hold on. I don’t mean you should restrict yourself. Just remember the idiom or the processed foods. Tomato Ketchup or Chili Sauce or Mustard, whatever should be taken just no more than a tablespoon.
Unless the chef (aka your loved one), tells you it’s made from scratch, eat it first and ask later. You don’t want to get a spanking, do you?
In all seriousness, learn to depend more on DIY or homemade sauces or dressing on your burger. I DIY my own dressing for lunches on my sandwich. It’s relatively simple and still packs a tasty punch.
There you have it.
One last thing, if you go for a burger, make every calories count, go bonkers!
The least you can do is work it out like a horse later!