How to get back on track
Let’s face it: Everyone goes off the track every now and then.
But you can forget that old saying, “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” You can get your eating back on track. Here’s how.
You need some perspective.
You need to eat 3,500 calories to gain one pound of body fat. One unplanned treat — a slice of cake, some fries, or even a rich meal — probably won’t make a major difference on the scale.
We call these ‘taking timeouts,’ and we all take them, says San Antonio nutrition consultant Rebecca Reeves, RD. No one is perfect in their eating habits. What we have to learn is that we are giving ourselves permission to do this, and as soon as it’s over, we should go back to the eating plan we normally follow.
The goal is to not make a habit of it.
Don’t Give Up
Too many dieters throw in the towel after a splurge,
You may feel defeated and say, ‘Oh, I blew my diet … and the heck with it.
When you do overindulge, don’t be self-deprecating. You overeat for one day; let’s get back on track again. Let’s be more conscious of our portion size the next day.
Cut Back a Bit, But Not Too Much
Don’t try to make up for the extra calories by skipping meals the next day. That just leaves you hungry.
Instead, cut back throughout the day with a series of small meals packed with fruits and vegetables. Their fiber will help you feel full,
don’t Wait until you’re hungry. Then have a light breakfast such as a bowl of low-fat yogurt and berries.
• Mid-morning snack: a piece of fruit and an ounce of low-fat cheese
• Lunch: a big salad with lean protein such as fish or chicken, or a whole wheat pita pocket with lettuce and tuna or turkey
• Afternoon snack: a cup of vegetable soup and an orange
• Dinner: a piece of fish and plenty of vegetables