Finally: How to Lose Weight And Still Eat What You Want
Most of us could stand to lose a pound here or there. And we all start our diets with the best of intentions. Of course, I want a salad over a burger! Sure I can eat cabbage soup all week! Because in the beginning nothing tastes as good as looking amazing when bikini season rolls around.
But talk to us a week later, and all we can think about is our favorite dessert…or pasta dish…or that pizza we had one time at the restaurant with the name we can’t really remember.
When it comes down to it, deprivation just doesn’t work for all of us. When we give up the foods we love, we just end up eating a double portion of them later. Luckily for us, there’s a way to stop yo-yo dieting in its tracks. These weight-loss tricks allow anyone to drop pounds, even if they know that the diet life isn’t worth doing it if it means giving up pizza forever…
Control Your Portions
When it comes to guilty pleasures, think “snack” instead of a meal. Grab a few bites without finishing the whole thing (even if that means throwing the rest of the candy bar away, or buying minis and having friends hide them from you after you take one or two).
Eat Your Carbs In The Morning
If breakfast food is your weakness, indulge when you have to, but the morning is recommended. That way you’ll have all day to burn off the carbs.
Make Room In Your Diet
There’s nothing wrong with adding a workout budget to your health plan. Add an extra mile or two to your weekly walks or runs to make room for the occasional splurge without compromising your numbers on the scale.
Just Eat It
If what you really want is a donut, don’t eat three bowls of fruit salad instead. If a healthy snack sends you right back into craving mode in a few minutes, just have a few bites of that donut instead of overdoing it on substitutions.
Fill Up With Good Stuff
After hunger drives you to backslide with a few bites, have healthy food on hand to keep eating until you feel satisfied. A handful of chips followed by a hearty salad will do a lot less damage than a full bag.
Clear Your Cupboards
The best way to differentiate between a junk food craving and a passing whim is distance. If you really want it, you’re willing to go get it. Leaving your favorite snacks around the house for all-day browsing is more diet sabotage than indulgence.
Find A Diet Version
Not all low-calorie junk food is created equal, but some alternatives are worth giving a try. Just make sure you don’t accidentally eat more of it just because it’s supposed to be an organic, healthier version.
Count Your Calories
A lot of dieting is how much you eat, not what you eat. Blowing Thursday night’s dinner calorie allotment on a few Oreos is fine. Blowing a weekend’s worth of calories on a whole sleeve is going to be harder to undo.
Have Him Order It
If you really want to taste the cheesecake but don’t want a whole slice, just pull a classic girlfriend move and have a few slices of your partner’s.
Make It Count
If you’re craving something sweet, don’t just hide in the pantry eating your roommate’s cookies. Find the best slice of cake in your area, head to the restaurant and share it with a friend. You’ll eat less and enjoy it more.
Separate Half Of Your Food
And salt the rest. Most restaurants give pretty big portions. This way you’re more likely to stop eating when you’re full and not when your plate is empty.
Don’t Take A Doggie Bag
Otherwise, you’ll keep snacking on it at home long after the craving is gone.
Try Dark Chocolate
If chocolate cravings dominate your thoughts, try switching to dark instead of milk. You’ll eat less of the concentrated chocolate flavor while stopping your craving in its tracks.
Plan Your Splurges
Mark off a calendar day when you can enjoy your favorite food guilt-free. We always eat less during planned indulgences than we lose it during last-minute binges.