Yesterday was pancake day and I noticed on my media streams many people resisting pancakes as they are on a diet. Infact all to often I get this question... "Can I eat this?" Sometimes I want to say why not but actually I can understand why people think this. So many fitness people are telling people they cannot eat this and cannot eat that. Listen unless you are about to step on stage why can't you eat a treat every now and then? Show me that one pizza or cake that made someone fat. This isn't an episode of man vs food. The problem is many people have no portion control. They have no idea how many calories they should be eating and this is where the problem lies.
I educate all my clients with having a flexible approach to their diet so they can factor in foods they like as a treat and it allows them to stay on track with their diet rather than falling off because they haven't had chocolate in 3 weeks so end up eating way more than they should. If you have a rough idea of how many calories you should be eating then it makes it very easy to be able to build your diet around foods you enjoy.
If you are happy sticking to a specific diet such as paleo or "eating clean" that's fine if it works for you. Personally I like my treats so il stick to knowing my macro nutrient targets and calorie allowance. There is no one size fits all be flexible in your approach and have flexibility in your diet for long term results. I bet most of my clients had pancakes yesterday and are still on track with whatever their goals are.. Food for though have a good day people.