Are you really good at planning healthy meals, but notice things go awry during the hours in between those meals? Mindless snacking can put you over the limit of food you want to be consuming in a day and fill you up with sugar and other things you want to avoid. Finding smart ways to change that mindless snacking habit can help you lose weight and protect your health.
Read below for 8 quick ways to help you snack less and keep those extra pounds away.
1) Be mindful. Are you surprised to find you've eaten half a cake when you really intended to have just one slice? When you really pay attention to each bite, you'll be satisfied with less food. Turn off the TV or stop reading your phone or book when you eat, and chew slowly. Notice the taste and texture.
2) Leave the table. It's difficult to notice when dinner ends and snacking starts if you sit around munching on leftovers on the dinner table. Clear the table as soon as you’re finished, and then go for a walk.
3) Hydrate. Many times you may think you’re hungry when you are actually thirsty. The next time you want a snack, drink a glass of water, wait a few minutes, and see if the desire to snack goes away.
4) Sleep well. Chronic fatigue and lack of good sleep can also make you want to eat. Go to bed on time and practice good sleep habits.
5) Chew gum or Drink Tea. Sugar-free gum or herbal teas are ideal snacks. Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy chewing without consuming any calories. Gum even helps to clean up bacteria in your mouth in between brushing and flossing. Caffeine free herbal teas are a great choice instead of snacking.
6) Keep a log. You may be snacking more than you realize. Use your phone or a notebook to track what's really going inside your mouth throughout the day.
7) Manage your stress. Do you eat to distract yourself when dealing with difficult emotions? Rather than snack, try calling a friend or listening to music instead. Run or take a walk in the morning or go to the gym after work.
8) Meditation or Hypnosis. Listening to a meditation or self-hypnosis recording can change your state when you’re not feeling your best, and have you relaxed, centered, and feeling in control once again.
It can be frustrating when you know what you want to do, or even should do, but you can’t get yourself to do it. Exercising regularly is something we all know that we should do, but few of us seem to be able to build that habit.
If you can create an exercise habit, you’ll never have to motivate yourself to exercise again!
Try these tips to make exercise a habit:
Getting in shape is easy if you can develop the habit of regular exercise. The exercise isn’t the challenge. Developing the habit of exercising in the real challenge. You don’t need motivation or self-discipline if you have a habit.
Do you need to psych yourself up to brush your teeth? No, because you have a habit in place. That’s how easy exercising can be once you’ve made a habit of it.
We all know exercise is good for us, and especially if we’re needing to drop a few pounds. But how do we get ourselves motivated to exercise?
Getting ready for bed involves more than putting on your pajamas and turning out the lights. Create rituals that will help you stay in shape. Your evening activities can help you get more fit, lose weight and feel more energetic.
Below are 5 simple bedtime rituals you can incorporate into your evening routine to help you get motivated to exercise.
Do These Things Before Bed to Help You Get Motivated to Exercise
How can you motivate yourself to leave your nice warm bed and hit the jogging trail? Spend the night before gearing up for your workout.
Set your alarm
Lay out your gear
Call a buddy
Plan for stormy weather
Change up your commute
When it comes to weight loss, each day is a brand-new day and a fresh new start.
Creating and maintaining healthy habits before going to bed can help you to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead, so that you wake up the next morning a little bit lighter and tad bit healthier.
These bedtime habits that encourage you to eat healthier are easy to implement, and will give you the best possible chance of success the next day.
Below are 7 simple bedtime habits you can incorporate into your routine to help you control your eating habits, eat healthier and naturally lose weight.
Habits to Do Before Bed to Help You Eat Healthier
It can be tough to stick to a healthy eating plan when you’re tempted by junk food or too busy to think about what you’re going to eat ahead of time. Use the quiet hours before bed to focus on how you can give your body the nutrients it needs without excess calories.
Minimize late night snacking
Go to bed on time
Plan for breakfast
Pack your lunch
Keep a food journal
Have you ever found yourself really serious about your weight loss goal, highly motivated, working diligently on it for a while, and then you find you just quit? This is such a common issue I hear with clients who come to me for help with weight loss.
It can be very frustrating and discouraging. There are different ways you may have given up in the past, but what’s important is identifying the reason that you give up or quit trying to reach your weight loss goal. When you identify the problem, you can then discover the solution.
I want you to visualize right now where your life would be if you never quit anything. Just imagine how much you would have accomplished! How great you would look… how healthy you would feel!
So, why do you quit? Here are 9 Common Reasons:
Quitting is the enemy of success. It’s not easy to fail if you never quit, so learning how to continue when you feel like quitting is important. Learn why you give up and take the appropriate countermeasures. You’ll improve your odds of success a thousand-fold.
We spend too much energy trying to change from the outside in. While it’s possible to force yourself to behave in a certain way, it’s nearly impossible to maintain that change if you don’t make the necessary inner changes to support that behavior.
If this weren’t true, we would all eat healthy food, go to the gym, do our homework, and be perfect people.
The most effective way to change your behavior and your results is to make inner changes:
1. Beliefs. Your beliefs impact your behavior. If you think failure is bad, you’ll behave very differently than someone that believes failure is just part of the game. What are some significant beliefs? Consider these:
It’s easy to see how different beliefs can lead to different approaches to life and different outcomes.
2. Thoughts. Your beliefs influence your thoughts. But your thoughts can also be chosen. Consider your fears. You can’t be afraid of something unless you have a scary thought to go along with it. Is a baby afraid of a snake, a gun, or a scary movie? They have no concept of these things.
3. Attitude. Your attitude affects your view of the world and your behavior. An optimist creates a different life than a pessimist. Are you angry or happy? Are you hopeful or fearful? Even how you view failure has a huge impact on your approach to living. People who avoid failure at all costs also avoid success. View failure as a learning experience and something that comes with the territory. If your attitude is to embrace failure, your level of success will increase.
It’s important to monitor and change your behaviors if you want different results. However, your behavior is heavily influenced by your beliefs, thoughts and attitude.
Focusing on making the necessary inner changes can give better results than simply trying to modify your behavior. Make the inner changes you need in order to manifest the behavior and results you want in your life.