Monday, June 14, 2010

How to Resist Temptation and Stick with Your Healthy Diet

Now that warmer months and more free time in your schedule mean it’s time to hit the beach and relax outdoors, you may be paying extra attention to your figure. If you’re not ready to sport a bathing suit because of a few unwanted pounds, you may need to work on your diet habits.  

Eating healthy can be challenging when there’s some much temptation around. Fast food, summer potlucks and eating out can make it hard to stick with your healthy eating plans. Still, there are some ways to keep up with that diet so you can look great this season! Here are some tips for resisting temptation: 

1. Don’t let yourself get too hungry. If you have a habit of skipping meals or under eating, you may be setting yourself for becoming too hungry and will likely overeat at your next meal. Make sure you’re eating a small snack or meal every three to four hours so that you can keep your energy levels up and prevent an oncoming binge.

2. Eat each meal slowly. Savor every mouthful so that you really taste your food. Take small bites and make time to eat each meal sitting down at the dining table so that you are fully present. Wolfing down your food can make it difficult to be very satisfied from your meal, and may make you think you need more than you really need.

3. Drink more water. Sometimes hunger is actually disguised as thirst. You need to drink lots of water throughout the day to stay well-hydrated, and may also be able to ward off hunger pangs with this strategy.

4. Plan your meals ahead. It can be easy to get sidetracked when you’re relaxing or simply too stressed or busy to eat on a regular schedule. Plan your meals ahead of time so that you don’t end up overeating because you’re too hungry.

5. Monitor your hunger level. Some people simply eat more throughout the day out of habit. Check yourself to determine whether you really are hungry, or if you’re just bored, tired, stressed or lonely. Gauge your hunger level on a scale of one to five, and only eat if you are at a four or above. This strategy will make you think before you reach for that snack or another helping of dessert, and will make it easier for you to stick with your diet!


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