Little Mental Tricks to Help You Lose
My diet is moving along pretty well and as of this moment I have lost 25 pounds.Â I found this article on the website fitbie that has helped so much.Â One other thing that has helped is preplanning--we know when the trouble spots areÂ for us during the course of a day, like 10am in the morning or 3pm in the afternoon for me, and I just make sure I have something preplanned to munch.Â Â Here are some other great hints:
Focus on short-term benefits
Ignore the number on the scale and concentrate on immediate health benefits of weight loss, such as reduced pain in your back or hips. Focusing on short-term results may be the most effective motivator for losing weight, according to University of Cincinnati researchers.
Donâ€™t deny yourself
Let yourself indulge on occasion, or else you may crash and burn. Researchers at Florida State University found that exhibiting restraint has its limits; once you activate self-control your willpower starts to fade. This is why itâ€™s difficult to resist cravings 7 days a week. To avoid bingeing, Bronco suggests that you â€śallow yourself some treats here and there so you donâ€™t build up so much mental pressure.â€ť
Research the menu
Look at a restaurantâ€™s menu online before going there to eat. â€śDonâ€™t subject yourself to surprises,â€ť says Michael Bronco, a personal trainer and creator of the DVD Simple Cooking Methods for Guys (and Gals!). He suggests looking for a venue with options for lean protein and green vegetables. So decide in advance what you will order and donâ€™t stray from the plan.
Picture yourself eating
Visualizing yourself eating a specific meal might help you consume less of it, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers. Their study found that repeatedly thinking about having a certain food may decrease your desire to actually eat it. Next time youâ€™re waiting for the server to bring your order, imagine yourself savoring each bite of your entrĂ©e.
Ask for a to-go box
Bag half your dinner as soon as it arrives at the table. â€śThis way, youâ€™re not faced with sitting and chatting and picking at the second half of the meal you didnâ€™t want to eat,â€ť Machowsky says. And then you wonâ€™t have to figure out what to pack for lunch the next day.
Eat first, shop later
Munch on a snack before you step foot into a grocery store. â€śYouâ€™ll be much less susceptible to impulse purchases if you arenâ€™t starving