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Day 8: Treat Yourself (Occasionally)

By Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., December 18, 2013 - 2:16pm

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Craving something sweet—or salty—but think you can’t have it if you are trying to lose weight? Actually, having a small treat every day may help you stick to your diet. Research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that a small daily treat didn’t sabotage weight-loss efforts. Some under-150-calorie snacks to try: a 16-oz. skim latte, two squares of dark chocolate, ½ cup (non-premium) ice cream or 4 cups of air-popped popcorn.

Pictured Recipe: Chocolate Nut Bark

Wendy RuoppToday’s Editor’s Tip:
Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor
“When I’m mooching around at the end of the day—it’s after dinner, the kitchen is cleaned up, I’m not really hungry (or I shouldn’t be) but I still want something, I try to remind myself of the small chocolate from the candy bowl at work that I already treated myself to earlier in the day or the glass of wine I had with dinner and enjoy them again in my imagination. Then pour myself some water or have a cup of tea and get out of the kitchen.”

Actionable Tip: Savor a small treat daily; it won’t break your diet and can help keep you on track.

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

Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa D'Agrosa is EatingWell's associate nutrition editor. She earned her master's degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and attended the dietetic internship program at Massachusetts General Hospital to become a registered dietitian.

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