Hey, Slip Happens: Don’t Let a Binge Blow Your Diet

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Submitted by John McGran on January 25, 2011 – 7:48am

Dieting doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. So the next time you slip and scarf down an entire package of Girl Scout cookies or a carton of ice cream, don’t throw in the towel, give up and gain back the weight you’ve lost.

You wouldn’t trash your car just because you got a dent in the fender, right? So why should you abandon your weight loss goals over a single moment of diet debauchery?

Author and registered nurse Linda Spangle knows why we are so quick to call it a day and dive back into overeating.

“Whenever you say, ‘I blew it,’ your brain hears, ‘That means I’m off my diet, so I might as well go ahead and eat more.’ Then you decide that since your diet is a lost cause anyway, you might as well give up and start over the next day.”

Sound familiar?

Here’s what you do the next time you fall off the dieting wagon… and you will fall because, as Forrest Gump was fond of saying, “Slip happens.”

Or as Billy Joel sang, “You’re only human. You’re bound to mistakes.”

So instead of saying “I blew it!” when you gobble up a third slice of pizza, tell yourself you simply took a little time out from the dieting game. Then pick yourself up, dust off the crumbs and get back on on track.

NEVER, EVER wait until “tomorrow” to take action. The time for action is NOW. This minute. This moment.

It really can be a make-or-break moment for you and your diet.

Do anything to take your mind off your slip… something that affirms you’re in it to win it and you WILL continue to follow a healthy lifestyle. You may want to take a longer than usual walk, nibble on a piece of fruit or chew some sugarless gum.

Good luck!

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Researchers: Super-Sized Starbucks Drink Packs On Pounds

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — How do you say “gluttony” in Italian?

Starting Monday, customers in the Southland and across the state will get their first jumbo jolt of Starbucks, but a new study suggests the drink could be a diet buster.

An analysis by Loyola University Health System in Chicago claims the Trenta cup size, which can pack as many as 230 calories a pop, could load up consumers with up to an extra 20 pounds a year.

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Winnable Battles

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Quick & Skinny

Losing weight quickly at the start may help you lose more overall. In a University of Florida study of 262 women on a diet-and-fitness program – participants were encouraged to stick to 1200 calories and to walk an extra 3000 steps per day – those who dropped the most pounds in the first month went on to lose the most weight by the end of the 18-month study (30 pounds, versus 11 for the others). The fast-starters also kept the weight off most successfully. Seeing larger changes early on may give you the “I-can-do-it” confidence you need to stick to your plan, says lead study author Lisa Nackers, who suggests aiming to drop a pound and a half to two pounds per week for the first month to get the lift.

Source: Good Housekeeping, September 2010, p.55

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