Forbidding certain foods – like Valentine’s chocolate or wine- is a common diet strategy, but studies have shown that this can actually lead to overeating. Food restrictors often satiate their cravings by eating other high-calorie items, which can lead to weight gain. Learning how to effectively cope with trigger foods will leave you feeling in control and improves your chances of maintaining your weight.
Instead of fearing your favorite foods, figure out how to budget a small portion into your week. Simply removing the “forbidden” label from a food can greatly reduce cravings for it!