How to Get Back on Track After a Weight Loss Lapse

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As you work toward weight loss, expect to be tempted by old habits on occasion. Eating that piece of cheesecake or skipping your workout once in a while is no big deal. But falling back into these old habits permanently is called a lapse. Even if you suffer a lapse, the good news is you can get back on track.

If you have a lapse, follow these steps to get back to your weight loss program:

  • Step 1: Do not focus on the lapse—just move forward.
  • Step 2: Do not try to make up for your lapse by skipping meals or eating fewer calories. This will only make you hungry.
  • Step 3: Do not try to make up for your lapse by overdoing it with exercise. You want to avoid injury and burnout.
  • Step 4: Learn from your lapse and plan ahead for similar situations in the future. First, write down what led to the lapse. Next, write down potential solutions for handling this situation in the future. For example, if going to the all-you-can-eat buffet is too much temptation, you may want to avoid it in the future.

Having an occasional lapse is human, and it need not spell disaster. The key is to get back on track as soon as you’re able.