Weekend Pitfall 3: When I go to a party, I don't want to have to worry about what I’m eating.
The easiest way to manage this pitfall is to bring a healthy appetizer to share. That way, you'll know there is something you can eat without worry—and you don't have to just stand around with an empty plate feeling sorry for yourself. You can also prepare by having a healthy snack or even a full meal in advance so you'll be less hungry. Get more tips for dealing with party food temptations.
Weekend Pitfall 4: I hang out with my significant other and just eat whatever s/he's eating.
Studies have shown that dating and cohabitating can lead to weight gain. There are a couple of ways to deal with this pitfall. You can eat the same food as your partner, just not as much of it. You can also offer to cook for him/her and make something that fits into your eating plan. Or you can suggest a date that doesn't revolve around food, like dancing or playing mini-golf. In any serious or committed relationship, you'll should discuss your weight-loss goals with your significant other. If they're the right person for you, they'll be supportive and find ways to help you make good eating decisions.
Weekend Pitfall 5: I was "good" all week, so I think I deserve to have a treat (or two) on the weekend.
Following a healthy eating plan is not about being "good" or "bad." It's also not about cutting out all the high-calorie foods that you enjoy altogether. Instead of depriving yourself of your favorites all week long only to overdo it on the weekend, plan for a few small treats throughout the week. If chocolate is what you typically crave, buy a bar of high-quality dark chocolate and break it into reasonable portions to last all week. You can even schedule a treat break into your day when you know you'll most enjoy it, like after a stressful meeting or during those few blissful moments when you're alone before the rest of the family gets home.
Weekend Pitfall 6: I slept in, so I skipped breakfast. I can have whatever I want to eat the rest of the day, right?
Unfortunately, sleeping through breakfast doesn't give you "permission" to overeat the rest of the day. Even if sleeping in caused you to get a late start, you should still begin the day with a balanced meal to give you energy and prevent you from pigging out later. Another thing to keep in mind is that having a regular sleep schedule is important to any weight-loss plan. When you're sleep-deprived, your body releases cortisol, which makes you feel hungrier that you normally would. No matter when you wake up, try to eat a balanced meal within a couple of hours.