Strategies for Your Off Day on the Day-Off Diet

Learn how to handle your off day while on the Day-Off Diet.

Strategies for Your Off Day on the Day-Off Diet

The Day-Off Diet is designed with a day off to help you lose weight without feeling deprived. But, a day off from the diet doesn’t mean you should devour all of the foods you’ve been craving. It’s a day to eat just enough of what you want to feel satisfied. Make the most of your off day with these five strategies that will keep you on track to reach your weight loss goals. Get more information on the Day-Off Diet here and take the Day-Off Diet Assessment to see which social support group is right for you.

Plan Your Days Off Around Special Events

Before you begin planning your Day-Off Diet schedule, make sure your calendar has all of the special occasions, social events, and birthdays for that month marked down. (Download the plan to print your calendar out.) This will help you strategically select your off days so you don’t find yourself feeling deprived at special events.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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