Step 9: Forget the guilt trip
Take a deep breath and go easy on yourself. “Conventional research tells us it takes about 3,500 calories to gain a pound of fat,” says Bontempo. “That’s the equivalent of about 44 Fun Size Snickers bars, or nearly 60 Fun Size Skittles bags. Even if you ate a lot of candy, it doesn’t directly translate into weight gain.”
The next time you have a treat, practice savouring and enjoying it. A New Zealand study of 300 people found that people who associate eating chocolate cake with guilt were less successful in maintaining their weight compared with those who viewed it as a celebration.
“A Hershey’s kiss takes forever to melt in your mouth, and it’s a lot of chocolate,” says Weddig. “Being mindful and eating things like that provides a lot more satisfaction than just chewing it once or twice and then swallowing.”
Originally published as Ate Too Much Sugar? 9 Tricks to Help Reverse the Binge on ReadersDigest.com.