You’re Not the Cheating Kind (on your diet, that is)

Fantasizing about having a fling – with a couple of guys named Ben and Jerry?

Well, before you indulge in that fantasy, or bite on any other food-related lure that’s tempting you, read on. Here are some tips designed to help you stay true to yourself, and your diet.

Tip 1: Relax. May sound funny, but the more obsessive you become about your eating, the more it will control you. Life is long, and food is going to be a regular part of every single day of the rest of your life. If you try to constantly deny your cravings, they just might get the better of you. Take deep breaths, count to 10, and let it pass.

Tip 2. Plan Ahead. Plan for the occasional (non) skinny dip into that ice cream tub by having a healthier version ready to eat when you have the urge. Its OKay to give in to your occasional urge. Why fight it? Better to have a bite when you really feel the need and then get over it! Move on. Don’t dwell on what you ate – it’s behind you. Remember, one small bite is not going to be embedded on your behind. It doesn’t happen that fast.

Tip 3. Phone home (or whomever you phone for moral support). If you feel like you’re going to slip and are looking for a foothold-sound the trumpet and rally the troops for help. Study after study shows that those who have a good support system stay firm and fast to their diet. So reach out and ask someone for help when you need it.

Tip 4. Drink Up. Take a good, stiff drink. Of water, that is. It’s easy to mistake hunger for thirst. You could end up eating when drinking would have done the trick. The next time you have the urge to put food in your mouth, take a long swig of water first, then wait a few seconds and let it settle. You may find that you’ve satisfied the urge without really giving in to it.

Tip 5. Do an inventory. Take stock of your progress before you indulge. You just might get past the moment. Recite your motivational mantra a couple of times, look over photos of how you looked before you started your new eating plan, and take heart-you’ve come a long way, baby!

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