Don't Derail Your Diet, Make a YOU-Turn

Don't Derail Your Diet, Make a YOU-Turn

You're going to make wrong turns. You're going to turn left at the chili dogs, make a right at the blueberry pie and occasionally merge onto the interstate of banana-nut pancakes with a side of sausage. Does that mean you should steer into the fatty crevasse of destructive eating? Of course not.

What you're going to do right then—instead of drop-kicking healthy eating the moment you make one bad choice—is to confront it.

If you've been in a car with a GPS unit, you know how it works. If you make a mistake, it doesn't tell you that you might as well drive off a cliff because you missed the turn. Instead, all it says, very politely, is this: "At the next available moment, make an authorized U-turn." The GPS recognizes the error matter-of-factly and simply guides you back onto the right road.

When you make a bad choice, repeat the YOU Diet mantra: "At the next available moment, make an authorized YOU-Turn." Get back on the right road.

What kills any regimen of healthy eating isn't the occasional slice of fudge cake or pizza; it's what happens after the initial indulgence. This mantra reminds you that the harm isn't in the mistake; it's in not figuring out how to deal with it.

Not enough? Do a yoga pose. We suggest the downward dog—balancing your weight on your hands and feet, with your butt hiked toward the ceiling in an inverted V. Not only will it give you a few moments to take deep breaths and remind you of your goals, but it's sort of difficult to eat when you're upside down.

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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