Who loves a takeaway?
I know I do but I keep it for the weekend.  We usually have a takeaway on a Saturday night as Saturday is the day of the week that I call my cheat day.  I allow myself to take a break from counting my macros on that day.  That doesn't mean that I binge on junk all day, why would I ruin all the hard work I've done all week?

I'm not going to preach to you about what you should and shouldn't be doing, I'm not about that.  What I understand though is that whatever level of fitness you are at, everyone likes to treat themselves with something they really like to eat and that is fine.

The problem most people (including myself) have is that they want their favourite food more than once a week.  Now if you are trying to keep your diet reasonably healthy then going for a takeaway every night is going to ruin your efforts and set you back to square one no matter how much exercise you do.

Unfortunately what a lot of people do is go on a strict diet plan (you know what I mean, there are a lot of them out there) which will limit your calories so much that not only are you starving yourself but your body will get wise to it in a month or so and that weight you lost that made you so proud of yourself will all come back, even if you stick to the meagre amount of food in the diet plan.  So in essence, you could have had a takeaway every night and you would still be in the same position.

You need to eat enough food to keep your metabolism working effectively - starving yourself does not work!  So what is the solution? There are a lot of websites that will calculate the amount of movement you do compared to your body weight, height, shape etc and then will tell you the amount of calories you should be consuming to keep your body working as it should.

If you want to lose weight it could be that you actually need to eat more than before, not less, but the important thing is what you are eating.  You don't have to limit yourself to salads for the rest of your life and you can have treats like chocolate (mmmm) as long as you are smart about it and don't go mad.

I found when I was trying to improve my diet and lose my wobbly bits from having two babies that it was possible to tweak my favourite recipes to make them healthier without losing their taste.  I decided that if I liked them then other people might too, so I would share them and hopefully in the process, help some people who have been struggling.

I would love it if you would try these recipes and let me know what you thought, tell me what your favourite takeaway is and maybe I can give you a healthier version!

All of my videos are on Youtube so you can find my channel here.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Sharon Irish

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