Prevent Temptations and Lose your Weight

1 Feb

Millions of people hope to lose weight. Only a few actually prepare for it. They treat it like a treasure hunt, setting off on a quest and hoping it going to all work out. No wonder the dieting failure rate hovers near 95%.

Any time you reached a meaningful goal, it was because you were ready for it. It didn’t just happen or fall in your lap. If it did, that’s more good fortune than goal achievement. The difference between hoping something will happen and making it happen is preparation from motivation. Not too many people lose weight through luck or good fortune, so you’ll probably have to rely on planning, controlling your habits and right environment.

How do you create an environment that’s more help than hurt?

Have you ever found yourself in front of an open fridge and didn’t know how the heck you got there? Ever looked down and saw your hand in a bag of chips and wondered why? Ever had your lunch break roll around and realized you had absolutely no idea what you were going to eat?

These are all perfect and common examples of not eating on purpose. It sounds like a basic habit, but it’s rarely a habit that people truly follow. Not paying attention to your eating, or eating for the wrong reasons, can sabotage momentum, leave you confused, and ruin any progress you’ve made on the scale. The really frustrating part is that you may not even know you’re doing it.

Emotional eating is a problem for a lot of people. Mindless eating may actually be worse. Most people eat often when they’re bored. Only small number of people eat most often at the more appropriate time: when they’re hungry.

We’re surrounded by eat-for-tainment options, where eating becomes a leisure activity. Weddings, themed restaurants, dinner theaters, ceremonies, receptions, reunions, parties, wherever there’s food, there’s fun. It’s easy to see why aimless eating is so common it’s something to do.

It’s time to wake up from being a food zombie. Take control of your eating habits. Here are some tactics you can use to adopt this habit:

Prevent Temptations
Start in the kitchen. Begin replacing unhealthy foods with healthier alternatives. Do a full kitchen healthy inspection. Setting up shop now will keep you from giving in to temptation later.
Take lunch and healthy snacks to work. When the munchies come calling, you won’t need to run to buy chocolate bar.
Eat a snack before leaving to eat out. You’ll be less hungry and less apt to order a fatty appetizer.
Keep raisins, carrot sticks, nut bars, and other healthy snacks within arms reach wherever you are.

Stop skipping meals
A regular eating routine keeps you balanced and helps you digest food more efficiently. Plus it helps eliminate the starve-starve-starve-binge cycle many dieters suffer throughout the day.
Eat breakfast. A growling stomach is just asking for snacking trouble.

Eat only when hungry
Not when you’re bored, sad, nervous, angry, upset or stressed. If you’re at a party with an appetizer buffet, socialize on the other side of the room, so you don’t habitually graze while talking. Listen to your body, not your mind or emotions.

Cut back on late night snacking
Prime time for television is also prime time for calorie-heavy comfort foods. Snacking at night is often another example of eating to relax or as something to do.

Have a purposeful eating environment
This is especially important at home. Choose a regular time and place for your meals. Cut out distractions, take a little extra time preparing and pay attention to your meal. Don’t eat over the counter, while watching TV or while on the phone.
By paying more attention to what and how you’re eating, you’ll not only have more control over what goes in your mouth, but you’ll also notice how often you previously ate and didn’t even realize it. The best part is that you’ll naturally start to make better choices.

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