Danger: Diet Disaster Area Ahead!
How to navigate potholes on the dieting highway without gaining a pound.
Family Frustration continued...
Also, remember not to bite off more than you can chew.
''We had this big family reunion and there were people there we hadn't seen
in a long time, and everyone wanted you to try just a little bit, which was
tough,'' says Neuman. ''I made sure if I tried something, it was just a tiny
bit -- not a normal portion size -- just to make them happy. So I focused on
the salads and drank plenty of water. The good news was, I was the center of
attention because I had lost so much weight.'' Some families, though, may see
thinness as a threat or even a sign of ill health. In that case, it may be best
not to spill too much about your weight loss plans.
''Don't tell your family you are trying to lose weight,'' Mitchell tells
WebMD. ''If you tell them that, they'll start in with "you don't need to
lose weight, you're too thin -- eat!'''
Disaster Area: Long days and late nights at the office, especially
when co-workers so nicely leave sweets out on their desks for all to enjoy.
''The office is conducive to snacking,'' says Hall. ''From birthday parties,
to doughnuts in the morning at a meeting, to snacks on someone's desk, people
eat these foods and they're forgotten calories, but really, they're adding
Coping Strategies: ''It's important to recognize that just because
it's someone's birthday at the office doesn't mean you have to eat cake,'' says
Hall. ''Or if you really want to have cake or a doughnut, share it with
someone. Or step up to plan the event, and offer healthier choices.''
And be sure to plan ahead so you're prepared when hunger strikes during the
''Fill your pantry and fridge with a multitude of snacks: grapes, cherries,
cheese, raisins, trail mix, or healthy granola bars,'' says Mitchell. ''Every
day you can grab two or three snacks'' from your supply.
''That way at 5:30 when you are starting to get hungry for dinner but you
have a long night in front of you, you have healthy snacks to take the edge
off,'' she says.
Says Neuman: ''I always have a small bag of fruit and nuts at my desk so if
I'm hungry, I have something healthy to snack on. I also always make sure I
drink plenty of water at work.''