Have you ever found yourself standing in the kitchen, looking for something to eat even though you’re not too sure what you’re hungry for?
Have you ever found yourself standing in the kitchen, looking for something to eat even though you’re not hungry?
Have you ever had a hankering for something sweet but know that it’s not a part of your diet plan?
Have you ever had a plan to workout but throughout the day you look for a reason not to workout?
Personally, I have found myself in each one of these scenarios at one time or another. In this month’s issue of SHAPE there was a great news blurp about crushing cravings and it got me thinking about solutions for some of the questions we ask ourselves or excuses we may have.
SHAPE recommend that when you have a craving, tell yourself that you can have that food after working out. You see the reality is that after your workout you probably wont be wanting the foods you were craving. SHAPE states that “an hour-long sweat session halts activity in the area of the brain that usually fires up at the sight of high-fat treats”.
Another tip for weight loss, from my awesome husband, is to ask yourself “am I hungry enough to eat an apple?”. The trust is, if you’re standing in the kitchen and can’t decide what to eat or whether or not your hungry, making fruit or veggies the only option will usually bring the truth to light. Sometimes I’m just not hungry enough for an apple. Sometimes an apple just isn’t what I want, but I know it’s the healthiest choice.
Sometimes it’s just as simple as asking yourself, “Am I really hungry or am I just bored?”. The real success though is being able to act upon how you answer that question. If you’re hungry, make wise food choices. If you’re bored, don’t eat and then find something else to fill your time.
The last excuse that many of us face is trying to get out of workouts because we’re either tired, sore, or have other things on the brain. The only tip I have is, just do it anyways! I’ve been there, trust me, where I’m just so tired and all I want to do is either sleep in or rest on the couch after a long day. Time after time though, I never regret a workout and am thrilled I followed through. If you do decide to skip a workout though, don’t get bummed, just make a plan for the next day and commit to it.
So now it’s your turn! What tip do you have for others? What struggles have you had along the way and what has helped you get through it or to turn things around?