Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Why Did I Do That? How to Deal with a Lapse in Your Weight Loss Efforts

A bad day or even a bad week is not enough to "break your diet" unless you let it get you down. It's what you eat over the long run that counts.

It's eating more calories than you need day after day after day that makes you fat not a one-off over-indulgence.

But what can you do if you really did go mad last night? What can you do today to get back on track after you've come off the rails?

  • Whatever you do don't weigh yourself unless you love being miserable. Chances are you had a load of sugar and/or salt last night and you'll be retaining more water than a camel embarking on a trek across the Sahara. Consequently, you'll have gained more pounds than you possibly could from the extra calories you ate. So don't even think about stepping on the scales for 2 days.

  • Every day, but especially today you should aim for eating modest portions of healthy foods whenever you are hungry, stopping when you are satisfied rather than stuffed. More than ever today you need to feel in control. So no starvation rations or you'll only set yourself up for a hunger-induced "clear out the cupboard" binge later on.

  • Normally it's best not to skip breakfast but if you are still full from the previous day, it can wait. Just make sure you have a healthy snack ready for when hunger does strike.

  • Take time to enjoy your food today. Sometimes we hardly taste the food when we are eating too much, we eat it so quickly, trying to stop ourselves thinking too much as we shovel it in. Actually taste everything which passes your lips today and put yourself back in control.

  • Spend a few moments thinking about why you temporarily blew your weight loss plans. What thoughts were running through your head? What situation had you put yourself in? What can you learn from that? How will you deal with those thoughts, those situations next time because as sure as eggs are eggs they, or something similar, will happen again. Be prepared.

  • Stay positive. Relax a little. Tell yourself "Yes, I broke my diet but that's OK. I'm human. I'm not meant to be perfect. I'm going to treat myself well, eating healthily as much as I can. If I have the odd lapse it doesn't change my determination to keep going." Build yourself up. Give yourself a little (non-food) present. You deserve the best and you can do whatever you set your mind to.

    The best way to get over a lapse is to treat it like the insignificant blip it is and just get right back on track!

    Copyright 2005, Janice Elizabeth Small

    Janice Elizabeth is a successful weight loss coach, slimming club owner and author of "The Diet Exit Plan", an 8 week coaching program for automatic permanent weight loss. Request her FREE 15 page report "How to lose weight without dieting - 7 secrets the diet industry doesn't want you to know" at TODAY!


    New York Times (blog)

    Well | Counting Your Bites for Weight Loss
    New York Times (blog)
    Bite counting for weight loss is not a new idea. Many weight-loss programs suggest that people chew slowly and thoughtfully, paying close attention to the sensory experience of eating. But Dr. West wanted to do more than have people be mindful of their ...


    Woman says weight loss company ViSalus used her pictures to promote products ...
    INKSTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - She has a truly inspirational story, but says a diet supplement company exploited it. Arica Hankins says she was heavy for her whole life, then in 2012 she decided to make a drastic change. After talking with a friend who ...


    Julie Tennant's six-month weight loss journey
    40-year-old Julie Tennant doesn't let her down syndrome hold her back, in life, or at the gym. Just six months ago, Julie decided it was time to get healthy. Non-profit, Ability Fitness, teamed up with CrossFit Exalt to help Julie on her journey to health.


    Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-Term, Even After Weight Loss
    U.S. News & World Report
    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that even if overweight or obese young women slim down later on, obesity-linked damage to the heart may linger for decades. The research shows that even formerly overweight women ...
    Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-TermWebMD

    all 17 news articles »

    New weight loss procedure with results as dramatic as 12 pounds a week
    220,000 inter-gastric balloons have been placed worldwide and led to successful weight loss. When is was OKed for use in the United States, thousands were spent to equip to perform the procedure. The Orbera balloon is not permanent and is removed after ...

    Yahoo Health

    Molly Lowe's 106-Pound Weight Loss: 'If I'm Not at My Best, I Can't Give ...
    Yahoo Health
    Molly before (left) and after (right) her weight loss. (Photos courtesy of Molly Lowe). This is who I am. I don't even consider it a diet or routine anymore. It has become a part of me. I still follow flexible dieting and I am not sure I will ever have ...

    5 Toxic Thoughts That Get in the Way of Weight Loss
    Many of the clients I work with have a pretty good handle on what they should be eating. They know which foods are the most nutritious, and they have the access and the resources to make good choices. What often gets in the way, however, is motivation; ...

    and more »

    Medical News Today

    Why weight loss is harder when we carry more fat
    Medical News Today
    Also, when they looked at obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery, they found the amount of weight loss following surgery was in line with falls in sLR11, suggesting the protein is released by fat cells. The researchers suggest sLR11 plays an ...
    Stored Fat Blocks Weight LossNewsmax
    Why weight loss is such a battleNew Zealand Herald
    Carrying more fat can be a hurdle in Weight LossOdisha Samaya
    all 23 news articles »

    ESPN (blog)

    Rex Ryan, Andy Reid exchange compliments on weight loss
    ESPN (blog)
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid have been two of the NFL's biggest losers over recent seasons -- in losing weight. Ryan dropped 130 pounds after undergoing Lap-Band surgery in 2010, and ...

    and more »

    Press TV

    Healthy weight loss and dieting tips
    Press TV
    Do you have trouble losing weight? Or would you like to lose weight faster? You have finally come to exactly the right place. The sad truth is that conventional ideas – eat less, run more – do not work long term. Counting calories, exercising for hours ...

    Google News

  • Advertisement

    Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

    Copyright LLC. All rights reserved.