Oct 16 2015

Dealing With Hunger & Temptation

I’m hungry, like you cannot comprehend.  I’ve worked out my macros and two weeks into my cut I’m salivating when I walk into my local shop.  Donuts, biscuits, Haribo (Tang-Tastic of course), all look sooo good to me.  We live in a country of abundance, if I want food I…

I’m hungry, like you cannot comprehend.  I’ve worked out my macros and two weeks into my cut I’m salivating when I walk into my local shop.  Donuts, biscuits, Haribo (Tang-Tastic of course), all look sooo good to me.  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!

Although you’re the majority of you are not going to be on a photo shoot diet (incredibly strict and low calorie), here are some tips I use that will help you:

1.  Eat at the same time every day.  So I eat at 0600, 1000, 1400, 1700 & 2130 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.

2. Avoid certain shops with treats.  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 mince pies soon.  My favourite!  Change the environment you live / work in – get a partner that supports your goals, 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.

3.  Use artificial sweeteners.  Before you faint there are meta-analysis I’ve read that say they are bad for you, or spike your insulin levels – they’re safe at the time of writing this article.  The only thing I’d caveat is that you may overeat when using them, or can irritate your bowel if you drink 6 litres of diet soda.  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.  Products like stevia can be used for baking cakes and muffins.

4.  Look at social occasions differently.  If you’re goal of changing your appearance and health you can’t go out like you used to, as it’s probably the reason you look as you do.  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.  The latter may sound weird, but having self-respect for our bodies is a weird concept now a days.

5.  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 chocolate, slice of pizza, “Oh but it’s been a hard week!”  Well it’s going to be a hard life looking and feeling like shit.  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!

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