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Stay Fit by Splurging?

If you've ever been on a low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar diet, you know too well that it doesn't last because you end up going crazy obsessing over the things you can't have. Then you give in and all your healthy habits go out the window. So this new tidbit of research should offer some hope. It turns out that cheating a little and straying from your nutritious ways can actually help you lose weight. The thing you need to learn is how to cheat smart. That means eating healthy most of the time, but allowing yourself to savor treats, such as a piece of dark chocolate — not the entire bar — every so often. Also remember to snack between meals instead of waiting until dinner. Otherwise, you'll become so ravenous that you'll polish off half a pizza on your own. Snacks should be 200 calories or less, and choose ones that are high in fiber because they'll fill you up. Eating throughout your day and indulging moderately on treats will prevent you from feeling deprived, so you can stick to your healthy ways most of the time and prevent unwanted weight gain.

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Heatherann1e Heatherann1e 8 years
wow yoga great idea ty!!!!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Heather - I eat a few bites of pickle when I get cravings. I find it works great for both salty and sweet cravings. Not sure if it would work for starch but it's worth a shot. Claussen's work best for me.
Heatherann1e Heatherann1e 8 years
Does anyone have any suggestions to deal with salty/ starchy cravings? I don't mind going without the sugar but I fantasize about potatoes in any form.... pasta, rolls, etc
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
Personally, I don't feel like eating a small piece of chocolate is a splurge. So really, this just advocates moderation. Sidenote: Ella, I strongly recommend the Edy's yogurt blends ice cream/frozen yogurt. A lot of flavors have about 120 calories a serving (less than your yogurt) and they are really delicious.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
i'm not always successful but I try and splurge just when it's worth it. I'm not going to go to to the best restaurant in chicago and order a side salad.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I have to say, I've been putting Yoplait Whips in the freezer & having them as "dessert" and they are fabulous. Totally deters me from grabbing for a sweet & yougurt is sort of good for you. The fruit yougurts come out icy, like sherberts & the chocolates come out like creamy ice cream. I recommend it to anyone, and at 140 cals, it's not that much of a splurge!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I could'nt just eat one square of chocolate and stop. I eat the whole bar. And eating the whole bar when it's that time of month does more good than bad - it keeps my hormonal glamazon at bay or so my husband tells me. I also do the popcorn at the movie theater since it's such a rare treat. I'd rather work out a little extra to burn some of those extra colories than deny myself or restrict myself to a bite or two.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 8 years
Oh, and my chocolate of choice is a British Mars Bar. The kind they fry up in Pubs. We have a box in the freezer, and, invariably, I have one and a large glass of non-fat milk once a month. Delicious!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 8 years
As a woman who is often targeted by "diet, diet, diet" at every turn, I am offended by this entry which comes across as rather condescending. Any well-adjusted, health woman knows moderation is the key. Even when research indicates that one thing or another is best - a woman that listens to her body will always have the upper hand, because your body naturally leads you to a natural equilibrium and moderation. So, no, I won't have the 200 calorie this or "piece of dark chocolate". I follow a regular, mostly veggie, healthy diet, and if I want a whole candy bar 2 days before my period or to eat popcorn and milk duds at our monthly movie night - so be it. And I will savor them, without guilt. You have to die from something, one candy bar, beer, or popcorn per month, or week, isn't going to do it.
2muchtv 2muchtv 8 years
I read somewhere that the stress of denying yourself leads to increased cortisol levels, so you're doing more harm than good if you resist temptation. Max four bites is usually enough for me anyway.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yep, I do this. I refuse to deprive myself all the time, so every day I have a treat...handful of gummi bears, a piece of chocolate, something like that. It helps keep me on track with the rest of my eating all day.
tamaradulva tamaradulva 8 years
I do this all the time. I keep chocolate in my healthy eating because I know that if I leave the craving alone too long, it will devour me. So, I just have no more than 150 calories of it per day (no full-size candy bars or doughnuts) and I'm good to go. Plus, I try not to focus on the foods I cannot have, like french fries (can't find a reason to justify having them) and biscuits.
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