The Best Way to Give Yourself a Break
Eating smart doesn’t mean banishing lust-worthy foods from your diet altogether. Sure, eating these comforting favorites can lead to weight gain, but eating them in the right way can be a healthy treat that helps you avoid feeling deprived. Here are some ways to indulge the smart way – cupcakes included!
Give yourself a break.
Start by giving yourself a break. Be easy on yourself – dieting is hard, and the stricter you make it, the more miserable you’re likely to feel. Allow yourself a cheat day every now and then. If you’ve been dreaming of strawberry cupcakes for days, chances are you won’t stop wanting them by banishing them from your life altogether. Pick a day each week when you can have that cupcake. And pasta. And a glass of wine. Indulge moderately, but then revert back to the dieting mindset for the rest of the week.
Don’t go overboard.
Be smart about indulgences – just because it’s something you like, doesn’t mean it has to be the worst-for-you option out there. If you’re a potato chip junkie, opt for a baked or lighter version. If you can’t pass up fries, scale down the portion you’d usually order. If you’re having a weak moment and just need something that’s comforting, try to choose the best version of that food possible.
Having an especially bad day or feel your diet spiraling out of control? Breathe and reboot. The good news is that a study has found that a daily variance of up to 600 calories won’t ruin your weight loss plan as long as you get back on track and maintain your diet.
Plan like a pro.
If you know you have a morning meeting the next day where you’ll be tempted to snag a latte, pack a healthy, low-calorie lunch the night before so you don’t go overboard on calories throughout the day. Or if you have dinner plans at a place you know you’ll want to indulge, eat a low-fat, low-cal breakfast and lunch beforehand to avoid guilt at dinnertime.