How To Cheat On Your Diet

Admit it.  Every once in a while we like to splurge.  If you’re on a diet it’s harder to get away with these short lapses in fortitude, but an article on the WebMD website helps explain a little bit about the process and what to do about it. 1)  First of all, swearing off all foods you love could lead to more cravings and binge eating.  Not a good thing.  What to do?  Try a few of these tips to help you “sensibly splurge.”

  • Eat more filling foods that have a protein to reduce your hunger.  In other words, don’t cheat on an empty stomach.  That’s just begging for an overload of calories.
  • Enjoy with all your senses.  Take small bites, sit down, take time to enjoy your guilty pleasure.  If you know how this food will affect the rest of your diet you might as well enjoy it.
  • Make it yourself.  You may surprise yourself as you prepare your favorite diet splurge that you can substitute a lower calorie ingredient along the way and not even notice it.
  • Get away from distractions.  Don’t spoil this splurge by sitting in front of the TV and do the mindless eating thing.  You want this to be an enjoyable experience, not forgettable.
  • Don’t let a slip become a backslide.  How can you feel guilty about slipping on a diet if you’ve planned for one?  This means adjusting your weekly diet and understanding what you want to accomplish in the long term.  Plan ahead and enjoy life!

1.  How to Cheat on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/cheat-on-your-diet-and-still-lose-weight on April 12, 2013.

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