When is it okay to give in and have the piece of cake instead of honoring your long-term goal of sticking to a diet?
While we typically think of the ability to delay this kind of gratification with the self-control necessary to lose unwanted weight, there comes a time when your commitment to future goals like successful weight loss has to be more flexible. Eating the piece of cake, under certain circumstances, may be the best thing to do.
There are times when depriving yourself of the piece of cake could be a punishing experience. If, at a time like this, you chose to stay on your diet, you might end up feeling frustrated, angry, anxious, depressed, or all of the foregoing and more, rather than feeling good about yourself. Unpleasant feeling states might then lead to further negative consequences, such as thinking of your dieting as depriving and unfair, which is the kind of thinking that can get you to stop dieting altogether.
When you are trying to diet, it is always a judgment call if you should have the piece of cake. Hopefully as you keep dieting, you are also becoming a good judge of what you need to keep up a good personal balance.