9 Mood Boosters for Your Diet

Simple solutions to keep you focused on your weight-loss goal and motivated every day.
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Spice It Up

Being on a weight-loss program takes plenty of discipline, stamina, and motivation. If the pounds aren't coming off as fast as you would like to them to, it's easy to feel discouraged. But don't give up! With some small adjustments you can enjoy your new regimen and lose the weight, too. Here are nine simple ideas to lift your spirits and keep you motivated.

1. Don't deprive yourself of dessert.

If you find yourself craving something sweet, give in. Lynn Grieger, a registered dietitian and certified diet educator, says it's okay to take a guilt-free moment to enjoy one or two pieces of candy or a low-fat cookie once in a while. That's because denying yourself a small treat could lead to an even bigger chocolate-cake-binge later. Plus, allowing yourself a small treat every other day is a more realistic way to eat and live -- which means you're more likely to stick to your healthy eating habits in the long run.

2. Spice up your diet.

Tempt your taste buds by incorporating a variety of herbs and spices into your recipes. Grieger suggests sprinkling paprika over hummus or mixing dill and parsley into a vegetable egg-white omelet. These herbs and spices add extra flavor and color to two healthy foods, with few or no additional calories.

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