This is a scary time of year to be dieting. With what seems like endless temptations around, it would be easy to cheat or have a lapse. We know that you’ll have moments of weakness and you may eventually cave. When you do slip up, you may take some comfort in the fact that everyone makes diet mistakes once in a while. We’ve blogged about what to do after a cheat before. And we still maintain that what’s most important is what you do immediately after. Hint: the absolute worst thing you can do is beat yourself up about it.
To start, recognize it for what it is—a lapse.
Your day started out right. You showered, got dressed, got the kids off to school and went to work. You took your HCG drops and ate your planned and pre-measured meal. And then the Halloween candy started calling your name. You ignored it. You were strong for hours. But it kept calling and kept calling. The only way to make it stop calling was to eat it. And just like that, in that moment, your diet went from “great!” to “gosh.”
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t let it get out of control. And most importantly, don’t give up. Here are some strategies to bounce back mentally and physically from a cheat: