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Indulge yourself and lose weight

By Nicci Micco, March 19, 2009 - 4:36am

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I know as well as anyone that dietary slips often have a domino effect. For example, I’m most likely to crave ice cream after eating several pieces of cheesy pizza. After I indulge the craving, the guilt sets in. Then, I have to remind myself that one less-than-perfect moment will not undo my week of cooking delicious low-cal recipes.

Beating yourself up when you don’t eat as well as you’d like to won’t help you to manage your weight. In fact, it may even get in the way. So stop it! Be nice to yourself. Need some help remembering how to do that? Here are ways to stay positive about weight loss.

Get the recipe: Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

1. Stop outlawing foods. Sometimes you’re tempted by a food simply because you’ve sworn off it as “forbidden.” Then, if you can’t resist taking a bite, it’s easy to slide into an all-out breakdown. It’s OK to have one cupcake or a small portion of ice cream, every day even, if you account for those calories elsewhere. (Keeping a food diary can help you to budget in foods that seem indulgent.)

2. Set (reasonable) limits around treats. Rather than proclaiming, “I will never eat pizza again,” try something more like this: “I’ll try to choose alternatives to pizza most of the time, but when I do have some, I’ll just have one slice and enjoy it.”

3. Combine indulgent foods with filling ones. If you usually eat two or three pieces of pizza, one won’t seem very satisfying if that’s all you eat. Have a side salad or another low-calorie veggie dish, such as Simple Sauteed Spinach (68 calories) with your slice (or your smaller serving of mac and cheese).

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Nicci Micco
Nicci Micco is co-author of EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. She has a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences, with a focus in weight management.

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