DIET MISTAKE: Saving up your calories

THE FLAW: Whether for a date, a friendly gathering or another special occasion, people often restrict their calorie intake or skip meals leading up to a celebratory dinner in order to “save calories” for later, but that strategy may backfire. “You’ll end up overly hungry by the meal and are likely to consume more calories than you would have otherwise,” says Roper St. Francis Healthcare dietitian Erin Miles.

THE FIX: “I always encourage people to stick with their normal dining schedule,” advises Miles. “Eat meals and snacks as usual, don’t skip breakfast, fit in some physical activity and drink water.” Not only will you feel satisfied and in control going into that special meal, you’ll also be ready to make good choices without the cloudiness that sets in when your body is demanding fuel.