Q Sometimes while I’m watching TV, I can polish off a whole packet of Tim Tams or an entire block of chocolate without realising. Then I feel so guilty afterwards — how do I get back on track?
—Shelley M, via email
First of all, you’re not alone. What is it about Tim Tams that makes it so hard to stop at just one?!Secondly, sticking to a healthy diet 100 per cent of the time is hard work. If you’re trying to lose weight you’re probably cutting out some of your favourite foods, such as chocolate or cheese, which will only make these ‘bad’ foods more appealling.
After a pig out it’s easy to throw your hands in the air and succumb to a whole day (or week) of poor food choices, but this only makes a momentary bad situation much worse. Instead of treating a moment of weakness as the start of a slippery slope into complete and utter failure, the healthiest eaters and most successful dieters simply put it behind them, move on and get right back on track with eating well.
They celebrate their successes rather than dwell on their failures and this helps them stay motivated. Holding on to the shame and guilt that comes with overeating only creates a cycle of negative feelings that will lead to even more unhealthy eating habits.
Everyone has bad days and weak moments, but remember, it’s how you deal with them that counts in the long-term. So, next time you have a slip up — which will happen — dust yourself off and then get right back on the healthy eating bandwagon!