People have often asked me how I have such strong willpower, especially with the food I eat. I’m usually seen eating ‘clean’ foods, even when I go out to eat at restaurants. I’m that friend that would order the spinach salad with chicken, no dressing, easy on the cheese. I’ll admit, it’s not an easy lifestyle, but the results are so worth it.
Below are some of my tips and tricks that will not only help you stick to your diet/ meal plan, but will also help you prevent overeating and eating when you’re bored.
Brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth will put a minty flavour in your mouth, and it will distract you from your craving. Sometimes you crave food because of the lingering taste in your mouth from the previous foods you ate. This technique will trick your brain into thinking you have ingested something sweet, so this works especially well with sweet cravings.
Almost the same concept as brushing your teeth; however, I would be careful with how long you chew the gum. Chewing gum increases your metabolism and it activates your body and brain to get ready for food. Thus, this technique will make you hungry if you chew gum for a long period of a time. Also, the number of calories in gum are very minimal, but it’s something to keep in mind.
To prevent overeating, drink a cup of water about 10 minutes before you eat a meal. This will make you feel more full and will help you eat less! This technique works especially well for those moments when you are so hungry that you want to order everything on the menu.
Make it fun, make a rule
One of my favourite ways to prevent me from eating when I am bored is to make a little exercise challenge whenever I think about food. I make a rule for myself; whenever I am dying to eat a chocolate bar, I would do 20 squats instead of looking in my snack drawer. This not only distracts you from giving in to your cravings, but this also burns more calories!
Change your mindset
“A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” Stop eating for the flavour, and start eating for its nutrients! This is one of the more tricky techniques to master, but it is super effective. It took me about a month to fully change my mindset about food. I don’t see butter as flavour; rather, I see it as fat and I just think about how that fat will sit in my belly. Just think to yourself, is that 10 second of flavor really worth the 30 minutes of cardio to burn it off?
Grab a friend!
There’s no better way to stay motivated than with a partner! You can motivate each other to stay on track. The people you spend your time with has an influence on your lifestyle Thus, surround yourself with people who will push you to reach your goals. A great friend will always be there for you and send you pictures of fitness models when you text them about your current chocolate craving.
There are so many reasons as to why meal prepping is a great idea. First, you’ll know exactly what is going into your food, which will in turn, help you track macros with ease. Second, you’ll be more motivated to stick to your meal plan because you don’t want the time you spent preparing those meals to go to waste! On top of everything, you’ll save money on meal prepping too!