Conquer Cravings, Lose Weight
Losing weight often comes down to changing the patterns and habits that led to overeating, and that takes self-control, and avoiding temptations that come with all things attached to sugar and sugar substitutes.
Think of self-control as the inner voice that keeps you from indulging in high-calorie food and prompts you to stick to your diet.
But having to constantly resist temptation can be exhausting and quickly use up the limited store of willpower you wake up with each day, and which is at its lowest point at night when people typically need it most.
These 3 steps can help you boost the self-control you need avoid temptations and to lose weight.
Cravings are The Enemy.
They are usually a conditioned response. For instance, you smell the aroma of apple pie, the smell makes you want to eat it, and you grab a fork to act on that impulse.
This is where the old saying, out of sight, out of mind, can help.
Scientists looked at people with high self-control and found that this ability was linked to avoiding temptation. This means making small, but significant changes in lifestyle.
It is also important to avoid any activities that trigger your urge to eat.
If watching TV goes hand-in-hand with snacking, limit TV time. That also goes for if you usually snack while you surf the Internet. Whenever you are facing a screen with free hands, replace eating with a non-food activity, like walking in place or getting up for a drink of water, not soda water either.
The 3rd step is to reinforce self-control by writing out, and constantly reminding yourself of the exact behaviors you are trying to change, noting the new behaviors needed to get there, and continually tracking your progress daily, be cognizant.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively