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Eat the Candy


Article by Emily Mobley

Photography by Amanda Donaho

Halloween is here, and with it comes the temptation of sweet treats and candy galore. But guess what? There is absolutely no way you can stop me from indulging in my favorite Halloween candies. Yes, you heard that right. I'm a dietitian, and I proudly admit that I love eating dessert. So, if you're like me and can't resist those delicious Reese's, I have a message for you: Just eat the dang Reese's, guys!

Let's get one thing straight – restriction does not work. It might seem like a good idea to avoid certain foods to stay on track with your health and fitness goals, but the reality is quite different. When you restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite treats, it often leads to a host of negative consequences:

  • Never-ending Thoughts: You find yourself constantly thinking about the foods you "cannot have." It's like a never-ending mental battle with temptation.
  • Binging: Eventually, when those forbidden foods are in front of you, it's easy to lose control and overindulge. This can lead to unhealthy binge eating habits.
  • Calorie Deficits: Extreme restriction can result in large calorie deficits, which can wreak havoc on your metabolism. This can cause hormonal imbalances, muscle loss, and a slowed metabolism, leading to increased stress and frustration.

Surprisingly, it's more harmful to restrict certain foods than to enjoy them in moderation. Food is not just about fueling your body; it's also about pleasure, enjoyment, and creating memories. There's room for you to have fun, celebrate special occasions, and yes, indulge in your favorite treats while still making progress toward your health and fitness goals.

If anyone or any program tells you that you should never enjoy your favorite Halloween candy or treats, my advice is simple: RUN! It's not worth your time, money, or sanity. True progress in your health and fitness journey should not come at the expense of your happiness and satisfaction.

If you're feeling lost on how to optimize your metabolism and body composition while still enjoying the foods you love, I've got a solution for you. Consider taking the first step in your journey by joining the Gray30 program. With Gray30, you'll learn how to:

  • Focus on Essentials for Fat Loss: We'll guide you on what really matters when it comes to fat loss, so you can make informed choices without feeling deprived.
  • Build Sustainable Systems: We'll help you create lifestyle systems that foster consistency in your eating habits, so you can stay on track without extreme restrictions.
  • Say Goodbye to Crash Diets: We'll steer you away from the crash diet mentality and towards a more balanced and sustainable approach to nutrition.

And yes, you can still eat that candy you love! Because at Gray30, we believe in enjoying life's little pleasures while working towards your health and fitness goals.

This Halloween, don't let the fear of indulging in your favorite candies haunt you. Embrace the joy of the season, make lasting memories, and savor the sweet treats that bring a smile to your face. Remember, there's a way to strike a balance between enjoying life's pleasures and achieving your health and fitness goals. So, go ahead, click HERE to get started with Gray30, and let's make this Halloween season a truly spooktacular and guilt-free one!

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