Cake happens. Even the most careful dieters have high-calorie days. You’re stressed out, there’s a birthday party, you simply lost count – whatever the reason, a few off-diet days are inevitable. After all, you’re human, right?
Of course, as someone on a diet, you want to avoid those days as much as possible. Picking some of the following strategies – and sticking to them – might help you skip those bad diet days.
Make a grocery list and check it twice. Remember: If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it. So, next time you go grocery shopping, make sure your list includes all your favorite healthy foods and none of your favorite unhealthy ones. Then, when you’re filling your cart, be sure to stick to your list. If you bring bananas home, you’ll be more likely to eat them the next time you’re hungry. If you don’t buy a bag of candy, you won’t be able to eat it, no matter how hungry you are.
Trade your can of soda for a glass of water. Many people unknowingly “drink their calories” by sipping sugary sodas and fruit drinks throughout the day. Those empty calories can add up over time. What if you drank water instead? How many calories – and pounds – could you cut? The answer is “a lot.” Many people are pleasantly surprised how many calories they cut – and how much more quickly they lose weight – when they limit their soda consumption. Try it, and you might be surprised, too!
Take a walk. We say this quite a bit, but only because it’s good advice. Taking even a short break for exercise in your day can help you offset some of those extra calories you might accidentally consume the rest of the day. True, the more you exercise, the more you burn – but don’t be discouraged if you can only set aside five, 10 or 15 minutes for exercise. Burning any calories at all is better than burning none!