May 1, 2013

Tips for Preventing Excess Eating


I've been working on a 20 minute workout for the legs and butt but unfortunately I wasn't able to finish it for today's Wellness Wednesday post. Instead, I'm going to give just a few tips for preventing excess eating and resisting cravings. 

1. When you're craving an unhealthy food, tell yourself that you have to eat a healthy snack before you can have the unhealthy food. Eating the healthy food first will hopefully mean that you will eat less of the unhealthy food in the end because the healthy food will help to fill your stomach.
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2. Try to eat some protein in each meal that you eat. Protein helps you to fill full and will help to keep you feeling full for longer. Often if I'm hungry at the end of the day I will have a glass of milk because it's not a lot of calories and it contains protein.
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3. If you're trying to stave off a craving, try chewing some sugar-free gum.
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4. Prevent giving into food cravings by brushing your teeth or using mouthwash. Nothing tastes good right after you brush your teeth. 
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5. You can also try drinking water when you feel hungry. Apparently some people confuse being thirsty with being hungry. 
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6. Try distracting yourself when you're craving food. One way in which you can do this is forehead tracking. Tap your pointer finger across your forehead from temple to temple. Tap once per second, moving across one centimeter at a time. Follow your finger with your eyes and focus your eyes on the first joint of your pointer finger.
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7. Another idea for resisting food cravings is to start a stopwatch when your craving starts and then stop it when the craving subsides. Next time you feel the craving you will know how much time you'll have to wait before the craving will go away. It makes it a lot easier to resist a craving when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. I'm going to give this stuff a try.

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