Losing weight can be an incredibly difficult journey, and even the most dedicated dieters slip up along the way. But according to a new study, cutting yourself some slack after giving into that ice cream craving might actually help you meet your weight loss goals.
The study, conducted by Slimming World, found self-criticism often leads to dieters indulging in comfort food or giving up on their diet completely.
Seventy-eight percent of people surveyed who gave themselves a hard time after a slip-up were unsuccessful at losing weight, and 47 percent actually gained weight.
But researchers said after dieters learned to be kinder to themselves after a lapse, they were significantly more successful. In fact, 81 percent of the most self-reassuring group lost weight and kept it off.
Slimming World member Amy Dugan definitely learned that lesson during her weight-loss journey. She found being kinder to herself whenever she got off track helped her lose more than 140 pounds.
She said in a press release: "I draw a line under it and move on. I'll just think, 'Well that was silly, but it's done now.' I don't ever feel guilty as I know it's just one of those things, it happens to all of us."