1. Pack your own snack
Pack an indulgent but figure-friendly snack in your lunch bag and you'll find it easier to resist whatever sweets are up for grabs. Try some Greek yogurt with granola and chocolate chips sprinkled on top, or peanut butter and honey drizzled over a piece of whole-wheat toast. You easily can satisfy your sweet tooth without going up a jeans size.
Dieting is like balancing your checkbookyou need to hold yourself accountable for the calories you spend. One bite of a cupcake isn't going to kill you, but eating a whole one every day will make the numbers on the scale soar. Pack a snack three days a week, but let yourself indulge a little on the other two. By planning ahead, you can cut back on your midmorning snack to keep yourself within your targeted calorie range.
On the days you choose a high-cal office treat, be vigilant about just how much you're shoveling into your mouth. A sliver of cake will seem pretty measly portioned out on a big paper plate. And studies show that you're much more likely to go overboard and load up on secondsor thirdsif your brain doesn't think you're getting enough.
If your cubicle mate's chocolate chip cookies never fail to trigger an overeating impulse, it's best not to take a bite. Fill your belly with a warm, low-calorie beverage instead.
If the calorie content is relatively the same, always choose the treat that weighs more. I reach for pretzels and cheese instead of potato chips because even if the portion sizes are similar, I'll end up feeling much fuller with the heavier snack.