Are you losing hope on your weight loss program? Can’t seem to solve your weight loss plateau? If this sounds like you, then you need to look at your regimens why you are not losing weight.
You need to find different approach to help support your fitness goal. Today’s post will be focused on how to suppress your appetite in a more healthy way. So to end your weekend right, below are some additional tips, for your weight loss program.
- Healthy Ways to Curb your Appetite
- Change Your Mindset
- Change your “I can’t” into an “I don’t” for ultimate self-empowerment.
When faced with temptation, it’s easy to play the victim. “I can’t’ often means we want to, actually we’d love to, but in the name of self-sacrifice we have to say no: “Oh, I’d really like to have a piece of that chocolate fudge cake, but I am watching what I eat so I can’t.” That just makes you want it more!
But, if we start to alter the way we think about our relationship to the foods we know we should avoid, we don’t have to feel like we are denying ourselves anything.
Saying “I don’t’ signals to yourself and the wider world that the reason you aren’t indulging is because indulging hasn’t crossed your mind in the first place. “Chocolate fudge cake? I don’t eat that.”
See the difference? One is passive in the role of the self in eating well, and the other takes old habits by the horns and dashes their hopes of encouraging any bad behavior.
Understand Your Cravings
Figure out how to ascertain if you are hungry or if your body is simply craving something. The difference can be if you physically need a food, or mentally desire it.
When you are stressed and eat ice cream out of the tub, or celebrate by making your favorite brownies, it’s not hunger- it’s habit.
Ask yourself what you want and why you want it. Wait an hour- if you still want it look at a good substitutes. If you think you want chocolate, it could be the magnesium your body is after, so pluck for raw nuts and seeds, or legumes.
If you crave bread, your body could actually be after the nitrogen also found in high protein foods like fish, meat and beans. Want salty foods? Could be chloride- try raw goat’s milk or fish.
Aerobic training alters your body’s hormone levels in a way that temporarily suppresses appetite. Working out produces leptin- the stuff that tells you that you’re full.
Weight training does it too, but with cardio you affect double the hormone count- so get running.
If you are hungry and don’t eat, your body automatically goes into starvation mode, lowering metabolism to conserve calories.
But, increasing metabolism throughout the day means that by slumber your body will continue to burn calories at a higher rate- even when lay down.
Half an apple or a bowl of high-fibre cereal before bed can ensure that your body works at its optimum, even without you thinking about it.
Make a Fist
Finally, ball up your hands. Studies by Aparna Labroo have proven that people often tense their muscles when exerting willpower, and so purposefully recreating the act helps them to resist temptation.
Next time you want to reach for the Coke can or Dairy Milk, having your hands balled into fists will most certainly hamper your abilities to eat something you’ll later regret.