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It’s Okay to Splurge Every Now and Then

Everyone likes to enjoy a splurge from time to time. On Jenny, you can too. There’s no need to eliminate treats completely. A splurge is a larger portion of an entrée (pasta, meat, potatoes, etc.) or a higher calorie item such as a cocktail or dessert. With a few helpful tips and strategies, a splurge can be enjoyed every week or two or for a special occasion without affecting weight loss success.

  • Enjoy any combination of foods or beverages that add up to 250 calories.
  • Indulge in a splurge all by itself or combine it with a meal. When combined with a meal on your own, it may be just enough fulfillment for that special occasion.
  • Plan your splurge with the online planner. It’s all about moderation.
  • Monitor your intake with your tracker.

Enjoy a splurge all by itself.

Each example contains about 250 calories:

  • 1 small cupcake with frosting
  • 6 oz wine with 1 oz cheese
  • 2 (5 oz) glasses of wine
  • 2 oz dinner roll with 2 tsps butter
  • 1 small order French fries
  • 16 oz flavored latte
  • 1/2 cup regular ice cream

Enjoy a larger meal by adding a splurge to it.

These examples show a meal (using the flexible meal planning structure) + a splurge:

  • Breakfast: Breakfast On the Go (1/2 small low-fat muffin, 1 light string cheese) + 16 oz flavored latte
  • Lunch: Hamburger and Fries (1 hamburger bun, 2 oz lean grilled hamburger meat) + 1 small order French fries
  • Dinner: Broiled Fish & Baked Potato (1/2 small baked potato, 1 Tbl light margarine, 3 oz broiled fish) + 2 (5 oz) glasses of wine
  • Snack: Ice Cream and Cake (1/2 cup light ice cream) + 1 small cupcake with frosting

Including a splurge every couple of weeks or for a special occasion isn’t likely to affect your weight loss. It can actually help you learn portion control by enjoying your favorite foods in moderation. It’s important to remember that the less nutritious splurges such as alcohol, fried foods and sweets should be enjoyed occasionally. Although the calorie level is similar, there may be fewer essential nutrients and higher amounts of saturated fat and salt.

Lastly, keep in mind that including a splurge seven days a week can add up to an additional 1750 calories and can stop your weight loss, or worse, could lead to a weight gain of 1/2 pound per week. So be moderate and offset the higher calories of your splurge by increasing your physical activity.

By allowing yourself to enjoy your favorite treats occasionally, you’ll likely feel less deprived and more likely to stick to your weight loss plan.