The following strategies will help you give yourself the gift that no one else can – a trimmer physique.
When experiencing an unhealthy craving…chew sugarless gum, sugar-free candy, or eat a pickle. The latter satisfies a salt craving and contains virtually no calories. For a more detailed narrative on derailing an unhealthy craving, review the article: How to deactivate a destructive pattern of thought or behavior
If the host offers food when you’re already full…remember the intense discomfort of being stuffed the last time you overate. Instead of partaking, simply say that it looks delicious and then follow with an unwavering “no thanks”.
When someone insists on your having a rich dish….say that you may have an allergic reaction. It’s true – you could break out in fat!
Five Classic Tips:
1. Load up on protein. Let your dessert be more white meat or dark (dark tends to need less “fixin’s”). High protein foods can regulate appetite. If no one else is reaching for them, go for a giant drumstick! If you are vegetarian, consider preparing a quinoa dish. Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”) is a delicious complete protein.
2. Chew food thoroughly. This allows you experience each texture and flavor, and alerts you to signals of satiety. As digestion begins in the mouth, thoroughly chewing your food also functions to prevent gastric discomfort. This practice is emphasized by Colorado Fitness Coach, Elouise Nelson PhD.
3. Avoid creamy drinks, sauces, and such. Several swallows of creaminess tend to add a deluge of non-nutritive calories. Unless it’s an absolute must, pass on the Bailey’s, Kahlua, eggnog, hollandaise, alfredo sauce, creamy soups, cream pies, whipped cream, and “a la mode”.
4. Minimize flour and sugar. This is a standard practice for many members of Overeaters Anonymous. In addition to creating build up on your teeth, products containing flour and sugar tend to trigger overconsumption. Beware of that first forkful of pasta, that first bon bon from the big box, and a that first bite of a baked good.
5. Add five more minutes to your cardio workout. In itself, this extension to your exercise regular routine will not torch every calories from a slice of pecan pie, but it will allot you a comforting cup of sugar-free hot cocoa. [You can purchase sugar-free cocoa packets at King Soopers markets all over Colorado.] Lastly, when you do not feel like putting in the extra five, remind yourself of all the paraplegic people who would give anything to exercise the way that you can.
By incorporating just two of these slimming strategies into your lifestyle, you can ensure that you welcome the new year without the customary weight gain.