A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. I tend to be very strict on my diet, but I am far more strict than I probably need to be. The reason I am as strict as I am is because I tend to take a mile if I give myself an inch. I figure it’s easier to go all-in than to allow little slips here and there.
For others, however, a little bit of freedom is what’s necessary to succeed. I know people who have successfully lost a lot of weight on a LCHF diet, and they allow themselves a meal or portion here and there that is non-conforming. These little bits give them a certain degree of happiness they otherwise could not live without.
I’m not saying it’s right or wrong; it is what it is. People are different, and what works for everyone is different, not just in the food you eat, but in how you go about eating that food. While strict LCHF works for me, it doesn’t always work as well for my wife. She needs her wine every now and then as well as some sort of sweet. I don’t.
What is important is that you take a long, hard, and honest look at you and your personality type to determine what type of diet works for you. Again, not just in terms of the types of food you eat, but also with just how strict you will need to be to be successful and reach your goals. If you’re like me, then you will likely be very strict and not even allow yourself the slightest slip. There is no one right way for everyone, but there is a right way for you. It’s up to you to find it.