4. Ask yourself: Do you really love that dessert?
Banishing decadent delights while losing weight is a sure-fire route to feeling deprived and abandoning healthy eating efforts. Instead, go for a winning strategy—have your cake and eat it too. When contemplating non-nutritious temptations, take one bite and rate it from one to 10, as if you were a judge in a food contest. Finish it only if it scores a 10 out of 10. Just think of how many just average desserts you’ve eaten and regretted. When the plan is to lose weight, limit your 10s to two a week, maximum.