Danger: Diet Disaster Area Ahead!
How to navigate potholes on the dieting highway without gaining a pound.
The Disaster: Family gatherings at which you sit down to huge
portions of fatty foods -- and are pressured to eat, eat!
''Most families offer loving environments, so when it comes to dinners, your
relatives who make the dish want to make sure you enjoy it to the fullest
extent, so they'll encourage you to keep eating,'' says Hall. ''We eat because
people are telling us to. We also have this idea, that most of us have grown up
with, that we have to clean our plates, which isn't necessarily a good
Coping Strategies: Be polite but stand your ground, even with family
''You have to nicely say, when someone is offering you something for the
third time, 'Oh Auntie Sophie, I absolutely love your mashed potatoes, but I
can't eat another bite,' and be firm about it,'' says Mitchell.
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