4 ways to outsmart diet disasters
Get the recipe: Seared Steak Salad with Edamame & Cilantro
Perhaps you’re plagued with different diet-busting situations? Try these quick fixes.
Problem #1: You crave something sweet. Solution: Budget lower-calorie treats into your day. I look forward to having a Double-Chocolate Biscotti (under 100 calories!) with a cup of coffee after dinner.
Problem #2: Your stomach is growling. Solution: Pack your diet with foods that help you to feel full on fewer calories. Studies show that soups and salads are particularly satisfying.
Problem #3: You want to gorge yourself on snacks. Solution: Eat snacks that come in single-serving packages—or measure one serving into a bowl. When it’s gone, you’re done. Or make your own snacks, such as Cheesy Popcorn—just 75 calories for 1 cup.
Problem #4: Everything on the restaurant menu looks delicious. Solution: Elaborate restaurant dishes often are filled with hidden calories, so order something simple, such as a piece of lean meat, chicken or fish, which usually comes with a starch and a vegetable. Restaurant meals tend to be supersized, so learn how to estimate a standard serving size and eat just that. Pack up the rest for tomorrow’s lunch.