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Diet Tip: Denial is Not the Best Route

We all know about being on the "rebound," and sometimes when we are on the rebound we don't make the healthiest choices. I am not talking about dating here. No, I am talking about food.

Often, when dieting, people deny themselves their favorite foods, since most people don't list the antioxidant rich, low calorie Brussels Sprout as their fave. Dieters think they need to completely cut out chocolate, wine, french fries and pizza - their favorite foods. When they finally succumb to their craving, they tend to over indulge and really throw their efforts off track. Yep, rebound eating - it can be bad news.

So, instead of cutting out the fattening foods you love completely, learn to eat them in moderation. You can lose weight and eat your cake too. Maybe not a huge slice, maybe just a few bites, but a few bites can really satisfy a craving. So be a slim shopper, buy a snack size of your favorite potato chips instead of a party sized bag or hit up the bulk bin for just a handful of candy instead of bringing a huge bag of sweets into your home.

Enjoy your indulgence. Eat slowly and really chew your food. Go crazy and meditate on the taste of your favorite food. Just don't deny yourself the foods you love and learn to eat them in moderation to avoid the rebound!

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mrsyuen mrsyuen 10 years
Great tips! That cake looks phenomenal by the way!
texgirl texgirl 10 years
see this is my problem ... i come from a family of sweet tooths --- meaning we have zero control when it comes to the sweets -- it always helps to read these little tips! thanks!
olliecat olliecat 10 years
I completely agree. When I've tried to limit myself to "fat-free" or "low-cal" snacks foods, I always over-indulge. So now, I just eat cake, donuts or whatever just once in a while.
kristine13 kristine13 10 years
I definitely tend to have a small treat most days of the week, so that I won't feel deprived. If I go too long without indulging a craving, I tend to overeat once I allow myself to have whatever it is I want. For me, it's better to just give in every once-in-awhile, but moderation is always the key.
kgtg1 kgtg1 10 years
I eat one (sometimes heaping) spoonful of soy ice cream almost every night. If not ice cream, then I have a small bowl of (butter-free) popcorn w/ olive oil and cayenne pepper. I don't overeat or eat junk throughout the day bc I know I will be getting my treat later on, after my workout.
Green Green 10 years
I don't like chocolate but I have to have dessert occasionally so this will help.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Hi Fitnessgirl :HUG: I plan dark chocolate (1 1/2 ounces) into evey day... unless I do, I'd eat everything in the house until I got that chocolate! I do try to eat it by mid-afternoon so that I get a chance to work it off before bed. CHOCOLATE!!! :JUMPIN:
fitnessgrl fitnessgrl 10 years
Oh yes, I allow myself small pieces of dark chocolate each day...really helps me get over my cravings and over indulging later. I also make sure to allow myself 1-2 free meals per week...
Ikandy Ikandy 10 years
So true Fit...I never like to use the "D" word because I plan on eating healthy and exercise well...for the rest of my life and I dont plan on depriving myself either...Youre so right, a few bites really does satisfy a craving. Portion control helps.
adelka adelka 10 years
That cake looks yummy :P
llendril llendril 10 years
i love when you post simple tips like this. it seems like it might be common sense, but it ALWAYS helps to read it.
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