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Day 12: Get right back on track when you slip up

By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., December 30, 2013 - 12:12pm

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Did a coworker bring in homemade brownies and you sampled one (OK, three)? At dinner, did you nosh on the breadbasket, order fries instead of a side salad with your meal and eat dessert? Diet slip–ups happen to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up and abandon your weight–loss goals. One meal doesn’t negate all of your healthy efforts, as long as you’re making healthy choices most of the time. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “my diet starts next week,” then you know that one indulgent meal can quickly turn into a weekend of eating lots of high–calorie foods. That attitude can quickly turn a minor setback into a complete diet derailer. Instead, let it go and get back on track at your next meal or snack.

Pictured Recipe: Rocky Road Brownies

Wendy RuoppToday’s Editor’s Tip:
Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor
“There are some days when the treats pile up—who knew there would be bagels at work when I got in and birthday cake in the afternoon? Just because I’ve indulged throughout the day doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. I can still make a healthier choice the next time I sit down to eat.”

Actionable Tip: Come up with your plan to get back on track.

TAGS: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, Nutrition, Weight loss, Weight-Loss Challenge, Wellness

Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa Valente is EatingWell’s digital nutrition & news editor. She is a Registered Dietitian and completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University. She loves tasting all the recipes from the Test Kitchen and geeking out over nutrition science. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @LisaDValente

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