What to Do When You Cheat on Your Diet During the Holidays
The holidays came and went and you had a wonderful time enjoying the company of your family and friends while consuming some delicious foods. You’re now feeling guilty because the food you ate during the holiday season wasn’t on your diet plan at all. Should you just give up?
Unfortunately, people who harbor these guilty feelings are usually the ones that give up easily on their diets and fall off the wagon. They tend to throw their willpower out the window and eat and eat until they’ve gained all the weight back that they spent all that time and effort in losing.
Having those guilty feelings is in our human nature. It’s easy to become disappointed with ourselves. It’s that disappointment that sends us into a depression so deep that we no longer care about eating healthier and losing weight.
Everyone “cheats” on their diet at one time or another, so don’t feel too bad about it. The key to making your diet stick is to push aside the guilt and continue to move forward in your diet goals.
Stick with your daily caloric intake that you had set before the holidays overwhelmed you. Don’t try to decrease the daily calories to an unhealthy amount to compensate for what you ate during the holidays. It’s only feasible to compensate on the day you cheat and not the days after.
You can also try exercising a little more to try to burn off the extra calories you consumed during those holiday feasts, but don’t overdo it. Exercise a little more each day instead of risking injury by overdoing it all at once.
You’ll need to get some support. Share your feelings of guilt with your family and friends. They’ll help you stay focused on your diet goals. Everyone makes a mistake once in awhile and you’ll need to remember that.
Don’t give up – just learn from your mistake and move forward. You’ll reach your weight loss goal that you’ve set for yourself if you keep a positive attitude and resist the feelings of guilt that come with making those unnerving mistakes.