Granting rewards is a great way to stay motivated when dieting, until you pat yourself on the back with two giant scoops of rocky road. You definitely deserve kudos for dropping 5 pounds, but if your gift includes chowing down on an entire day's worth of saturated fat, you could be setting yourself back. "When it comes to weight loss, all of the gifts or rewards along the way should help you work toward your ultimate goal--not against it," says Michael Bronco, a personal trainer and owner of Bronco's Gym in Charlotte, SC. So here's a novel idea: Treat yourself to things that will help you hit another milestone. The fun that follows is calorie-free and will keep you motivated for the long haul.
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