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Is it okay to splurge before starting a diet?

F. Michael Gloth, III
Geriatric Medicine
People often embark on a major splurge in food the day or even the week before beginning a new journey down the road to dieting. A splurge is simply part of the psychological preparation for making a major change in their eating habits. While understandable, splurges usually translate into additional pounds.

A brief binge might result in your needing an additional week or even month to achieve your desired weight and level of fitness. Remember, you are making a lifestyle change; the sooner you start, the sooner you will see results - and the easier it will be. The beginning is also an excellent time to acknowledge the many temptations and excuses that lie ahead. Make a conscious decision at the outset to find the psychological strategy to overcome them or, better still, to avoid them completely.
Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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