• Bethany Thompson

How To Resist Temptation To Cheat


Do you ever hear people talk about turning down a “cheat” as if it’s causing them actual physical pain? I do because I used to be one of them! Those internal battles are real and emotionally exhausting! Not to mention fighting the additional social pressures to cheat – at times can seem overwhelming. The first few years of my journey there were many, many times where I gave in. Times where I cheated just because I didn’t have the self-discipline, times where I cheated out of guilt and times just because it was easier than saying no.

So, does it get easier and how do you do resist temptation? My answers are yes, it does and I now resist temptation with ease and here is how! Step One - Stay accountable by having regularly scheduled follow-ups. Step 2 - Put in the effort outside the office and Step Three- Don’t give up no matter what! Think of your nutrition as a hobby. The more you practice the better you get – but you have to invest your time, money and effort into it! Now I turn down junk food without thinking about it. It’s not a decision – it’s just what I do and I actually feel happy when I do it! It took a lot of practice and consistency (not to be confused with perfection). Consistency means getting back on-plan after you cheat. It means continuing to have your follow-up appointments - even when it isn’t pretty. It means doing this process over and over again until you cheat less often. It means not throwing in the towel when you have a bad day or week. It means scheduling an appointment when you have been MIA for a year. If you are consistent you will notice a nutrition EVOLUTION!! Your definition “cheat” will change from initially having unplanned, all-out cheat day(s) of sugar and saturated fat to having a sensible, planned cheat meal after a good week of hard work. Listen, I am far from perfect and I don’t want to give you that impression. I still have cravings and temptations that I struggle with (I will save that for another post). But I want to offer hope and reassurance that your tastes do change and it does get easier if you invest in the process!


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DISCLAIMER: James Thompson is a sports nutritionist with over 25 year of hands-on practical experience.  He is not a registered nutritionist or a dietitian.  THIS INFORMATION AND ALL RECOMMENDATIONS MADE ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DESIGNED TO SERVE AS A DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT OR PREVENTION OF ANY ILLNESS OR DISEASE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED MEDICAL, HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE YOU START ANY NUTRITION OR EXERCISE PROGRAM. BY BEGINNING THIS OR ANY OTHER PROGRAM, YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE HAD CLEARANCE FROM YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL TO DO SO.