Mar 24 2017

5 Tips to Overcome Temptation & Hunger

We live in a country of abundance, if I want food I can get it and within reason whatever I want.  The choice on offer is mind-boggling. When you’re trying to lose some fat you become hyper sensitive to this.  Billboards taunt you and you find yourself standing outside a…

We live in a country of abundance, if I want food I can get it and within reason whatever I want.  The choice on offer is mind-boggling.

When you’re trying to lose some fat you become hyper sensitive to this.  Billboards taunt you and you find yourself standing outside a cafe when you smell something you’re no longer allowed to eat.  The world is geared up to make you fail it wants you to be fat and unhealthy.  But you’ve got to fight!  Here are some tips I use that will help you:

  1. Eat at the same time every day. 

That may be at 0600, 1300, 1600 & 2000 everyday, and never outside these times.  If I want food, then tough – it’s not food time, well, unless it actually is!  Knowing when you’re going to eat next allows you to ‘hold-on’ that bit longer – just like one more rep. After a while your body will only crave foods at these times, so you just have to have the right choices around you when the hunger hits.

  1. Change your environment. 

My old gym used to have a cupcake shop neighbouring it.  I changed gym.  Losing weight is hard enough without having temptation shoved in your nose.  Same with supermarkets, I only do ‘online’, as when I enter a supermarket I’m inundated with treats – it’ll be easter eggs soon!  Setup your home  for success – get your partner on-board, remove junk food from your house.  You can’t give up crack if you live in a crack den with a dealer as your wife!

  1. Use artificial & 0 calorie sweeteners. 

Before you double-take, studies that concluded they are harmful  were performed on rat studies and they drank 6 litres of diet soda!  Rat have a very different biology to us, and yo’d have to be foolish to drink so much!  If you think you’ve a sweet tooth this is a must, 0 calories and 100% of the taste.  For a snack I regularly have Greek yogurt with raspberries.  If I add white chocolate sugar free syrup to it, it’s to die for.  Becs even uses stevia can be used for baking cakes and muffins.

  1. Look at social occasions differently. 

 If you’re goal of changing your appearance and health you can’t go out like you used to.  Rounds of drinks, wedding cake, nibbles all are there to torpedo your progress.  At one extreme is cancelling parties and nights out, (which you will have to do at some point).  If you have to attend either be the designated driver, change from pints to shorts with diet coke (24 calories vs 220), or take your own food. 

  1. Give yourself a cheat meal once you’ve hit a milestone. 

Nobody can be 100% of the time, but you can for most at least 80%.  The guys that fail are those who can’t go a day, or a week without a mini treat.  A piece of dark chocolate, slice of pizza, “Oh but it’s been a hard week!”  Well it’s going to be a hard life if you don’t look after your health.  Set a goal of losing 5kg, and ONLY at that point do you have a cheat meal – reward an achievement, it’ll taste all the better.

At the end of the day hunger will pass quickly – people seem to freak-out when they feel a grumble.  Most of the population live on one meal per day – we’re just spoilt.  First world problems!

Author

Salman