If you want to lose a few pounds, it’s worth thinking about your calorie intake from a weekly not daily perspective. Let’s say your target is 2,000 calories per day for fat loss. Over seven days, that equals 14,000 calories. But instead of trying to achieve 2,000 calories every day, what about trying to achieve 14,000 calories across seven days? Spreading your calories in this way won’t change the numbers you have to aim for, but it gives you more flexibility. You can enjoy calorie-dense social occasions, knowing you can rein back calorie intake across other days to stay on track. Think about it like a sports team: you don’t win championships with one victory; you need many individual victories over a long period. You may also lose some matches, but that doesn’t mean you’ll lose the championship. There’s no pressure because there’s always another opportunity around the corner.