Success Strategies For Dieters
This Time I'm Going To Do It!
Who hasn't been on a diet-maybe the diet to end all diets-and then life has gotten in the way and the thud of falling off the wagon reverberates everywhere? Sometimes just staying on a diet for a few days is almost impossible. It seems there is always someone or something that has to be addressed and all of your efforts go out the window.
It doesn't have to be that way. There really are things you can do, simple things, which will make staying on your diet and attaining your weight-loss goals much easier than you thought. Certainly, life happens-and will continue to happen-but that doesn't mean you have to get thrown around in the waves. By using some of our success strategies to stay on track, your weight-loss target may be closer than you think.
Don't Wait Until Dinner-Have A Snack
Often, by the time we get to the dinner table we're so hungry we can't think straight. Working outside of the home, or inside the home, can keep us from addressing our hunger when it is still manageable. Instead of trying to hold out for dinner, when you're hungry, have a healthy snack to tide you over until dinner. That way you'll actually get to taste your food rather than bolting it into your stomach without even chewing. This will keep you from overeating.
Breathe In, Breathe Out...
When you do manage to get to the table, sit down, close your eyes and take three or four deep breaths before beginning to eat. Focus on your body and quiet your mind. When you do so, you are able to hear your body's real hunger signals and will eat to satisfy the real hunger instead of overeating. When you are aware of your body and what food is before you, you will tend to eat less of that which isn't useful and more of that which is good for your body.
STOP! Don't Shop When You're Hungry
Probably one of the greatest pitfalls for those who diet is shopping when hungry. You're really not in your right mind when you shop hungry. Blood sugar levels change and thinking can become difficult. By eating before you shop, you'll bypass all of those high calorie snacks you would otherwise hear calling your name when your pass by them in the aisle. Save yourself-eat first, then shop.
Now, this might sound like an oxymoron, but if you snack more you may actually consume fewer calories. Of course, it does depend upon the type of snack. However, assuming you've planned your snacks to be calorie efficient and healthy, they can be the very thing to keep your hunger from running out of control. They can also address emotional cravings by giving you something healthy to eat instead of grabbing cookies or chips to fill the void.
Impulse eating often leads to binging. Your body gets hungry about every three to five hours. If you eat at regular times, even just a small snack, your blood sugar stays level and your need to eat huge amounts of food diminishes. Just make sure your meals and snacks are well balanced and healthy. By eating small amounts frequently you'll be less likely to overindulge.
Reward Yourself-You Did A Great Job
Finally, when you've managed to accomplish just one or two of these strategies, reward yourself with something non-edible (like some pretty lingerie). Just having a non-food reward can save you calories and encourage you to carry on.