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How do I recover from a diet slip-up

Question: I have been doing extremely well following my diet until last night. I went to a friend’s birthday party, and I just couldn’t stop myself from indulging in all the treats! This morning I woke up very angry with myself for this diet slip-up, and I am so worried that I may have sabotaged my own weight loss effort.

Answer: We’ve all experienced the occasional diet slip-up! You would not be human if you did not occasionally stray from your diet. If you are following a healthy and nutritious diet 95% of the time, the odd treat should not affect your weight loss effort in any remarkable way. One of the biggest reasons diets fail is that people are too strict on themselves. When they then naturally overstep the boundaries, they feel like failures and give up on their diets.

Recognize the fact that you are human, that you need the occasional treat, and that it is important to participate in social events. Plan to overstep the boundaries on special occasions. Just don’t do it too often. Most importantly, even if you have made an unplanned mistake; forgive yourself and just continue with your diet immediately as if the slip-up never happened. You will very soon recover any lost ground and be back on track. The worst thing you can do is to give up.

Make sure the weight loss plan that you’ve chosen suits you and your lifestyle. You have to make it as easy as possible for yourself to stick to the diet. If you find it really, really difficult to stick to your chosen diet, start shopping around for one that is more closely aligned to your tastes, personality and lifestyle.

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