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Day 8: Treat Yourself (Occasionally)

By Lisa Valente, 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:
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“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 Valente, M.S., R.D., Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, 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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