How To Cheat & Still Lose Weight

Who says you have to deprive yourself of all deliciousness to stay fit? You can enjoy foods you love without adding pounds. Here’s how to pull it off.

Eat treats

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.

Dine out

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

You can enjoy some every single day: Have two or three tasting squares—about 75 calories worth of chocolate. And buy the really good stuff. Choose great-tasting chocolate, and you’ll be able to eat smaller amounts and be satisfied.

Go ahead—add on to your salad

With all the extra toppings, restaurant salads can easily add up to 700, 800, even 900 calories. But who wants a bowl of…