Swearing off sweets for life may sound like a good idea, but your strict resolve may be setting you up for failure. "People often resolve to totally eliminate a certain food, food group or guilty pleasure, and then soon feel totally deprived," says Pam Nisevich Bede, a sports nutritionist at Swim, Bike, Run, Eat!. And deprivation usually leads to a binge somewhere down the line.
Overcome It: Instead of foregoing your favorite indulgences, try cutting down the number of servings significantly—but still giving yourself an occasional treat. "It's better to set a goal of eliminating one serving of your guilty pleasure each day or week," Bede says. Try the "everything in moderation" approach. Another winning approach: replace unhealthy snacks with more nutritious options, like trading in your afternoon potato chip fix for peanut butter and crackers.
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