How to Celebrate Halloween While on a Diet
With Halloween just around the corner, many people who have been working hard to get to their weight loss goal are frightened that one little day will make their efforts all for naught. DON’T PANIC! You can still enjoy the fun holiday without getting off track. Here are a few things you shouldn’t do on Halloween.
Don’t Pass Out Your Favorite Candy
Everyone knows the chocolate they hand out isn’t just for trick-or-treating kids– it’s for us too. Everyone enjoys candy between trick-or-treaters, so instead of buying your absolute favorite type, buy something that you don’t care for as much. If chocolate is your weakness, give out something like Skittles or gummy candies. Because it isn’t your absolute favorite, you’ll eat less.
Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Hungry
Skipping meals is dangerous even when it isn’t a holiday, but it is especially bad on a day where treats abound. If you let yourself get hungry, you’ll be more likely to give into the temptation of candy. So make sure you’re eating three healthy meals and stopping once you’re satisfied so you won’t overeat sweets.
Don’t Deprive Yourself
Dr. David Levistky, a professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell suggests just having the piece of chocolate you want. This is shocking to some, but the theory is that not eating it will lead you to crave it– so when you inevitably allow yourself to enjoy a sweet, you’ll overeat. A few pieces of fun-sized candy will be a couple hundred calories, which you can easily make up the next day by skipping dessert, snack, or that coffee drink that you know is high in sugar and calories.
Don’t Make Halloween a Week (or Month) Long Affair
For many people, when holidays come around, they enjoy the treats of the season all month long. This is the best (or rather, worst) way to lose sight of your weight loss goals. The holiday should be a special time– keep it special by limiting your indulgence of treats to the day of Halloween itself.
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