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Diet Tip: Schedule Time Each Day For a Treat

When you're trying to lose a few pounds, it's common to limit your intake of fattening, sugary, or salty foods. The problem is, you can end up having obsessive cravings for foods when you deny yourself the indulgence. So instead of skipping out completely and then breaking down and devouring an entire bag of M&Ms, allow yourself a little taste each day. Schedule a time to enjoy a reasonable amount of your favorite treat, and do it at a time right before you normally crave it. If you have a hard time cutting yourself off after a few bites, then pre-bag small portions for the week — it'll be easier to stop eating if you don't have the entire batch of chocolate chip cookies right in front of you.

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ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
For me, an avid overeater, this is just not an option because I have such a problem with limiting myself. I'm getting better, WAY better, but I just rather avoid it in terms of a DAILY treat.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I don't think this is a good idea. You'll end up having a snack when you're not even hungry just because it's treat time.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I have a snack at 4pm.
rpenner rpenner 8 years
I eat a bowl of ice cream pretty much every day. Portion control is key.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
And, for me, scheduling my "treats" helps me keep on track - I am finally back down to pre-preggers weight!! (4 years later - took a long time) HURRAY!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
2pm every day - chocolate time! :-)
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
I am a firm believer in everything in moderation.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
I agree with TidalWave. I start obsessing about it.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I thought that assigning a time to your eating was worse, because then you just build up all this hunger and anticipation for this one time.
lolababy575 lolababy575 8 years
I've never really thought to try this strategy - I've always gone by the old standard of "don't deny your self the craving, just limit it to a small portion" rule. I think I will definitely give this a try!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Sometimes it's a must esp when you're PMSing...
kia kia 8 years
Yum yum, I love giving myself a treat or two.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I usually have a little chocolate for dessert, except tommorrow I won't but only because I'm out of chocolate.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I actually do this...I allow myself a treat every day at the same time. When I crave a treat, I just tell myself "Wait until 8 o'clock, then you can have it". Then I usually forget about it until later when I eat it. Works pretty well...I haven't caved to any weird cravings since I started doing it.
funkygeorge funkygeorge 8 years
A month ago I decided to quit junk food cold turkey, so far I haven't given in to a craving!
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