Allow for two mouth-watering, indulgent sweets each week. And focus on quality—a scoop of really great real ice cream, a rich cookie or coffee drink. Budget about 200 to 300 calories for each.
Give yourself two nice “splurge” meals a week. This is your time to have the non-diet foods you thought were completely off limits—such as slices at your favorite pizzeria, or a filet with mashed potatoes. The only caveat: Use portion control. Limit yourself to two small slices of pizza with a side salad, order small cuts of meat, and eat just half of creamy, cheesy sides.
Give yourself cocktail tickets
You can still enjoy wine, beer, or a cocktail—but you’ll need to cut back if you’re trying to lose a pound or two a week. Figure out your weekly average, and cut that by one-fourth; that’s your maximum number of drinks each week.
Savor some chocolate