With holiday goodies starting to pop up all over the place, a little indulgence is almost unavoidable. But the guilt that many feel from eating holiday treats is a far greater crime than the overindulgence itself. Labeling food as either good or bad can have repercussions on a healthy mind-set and can even sabotage weight-loss goals. If you find yourself constantly grappling with this issue, take these helpful reminders to heart.
Don't cut out food groups: In many fad diets, cutting out whole food groups seems like the key to weight-loss success, but this is not a sustainable technique. Giving up entire food groups can lead to a nutritional deficiency and can trigger major cravings for whatever food has been cut. It's typically the extra servings that add to your waistline, not the food itself.
Don't just focus on numbers: Nutrition guru Cynthia Sass has explained that this is an issue she sees with new clients: they are simply fixated on calorie counts and not on the quality of the food. However, Sass explained that after following her diet plan, the majority of clients are "seeing that the quality and the balance of what you eat may play a bigger role in weight control and the regulation of your metabolism than the calories alone."
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Don't freak out: The holidays are a time to celebrate with the ones you love, and in most cases, overeating is used to fill an emotional void. Instead of focusing on what may be lacking, make a point to get grateful. And when you go for that slice of cake or favorite nostalgic Thanksgiving dish, don't play the blame game. A study found that a daily variance of as much as 600 calories won't reflect on your waistline, as long as you maintain a healthy diet in the long run.