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Little Mental Tricks to Help You Lose
by Alex O'Neal
posted Mar 25 2011 8:45AM
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
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.
Donât 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 itâs difficult to resist cravings 7 days a week. To avoid bingeing, Bronco suggests that you âallow yourself some treats here and there so you donât build up so much mental pressure.â
Research the menu
Look at a restaurantâs menu online before going there to eat. âDonât subject yourself to surprises,â 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 donât 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 youâre waiting for the server to bring your order, imagine yourself savoring each bite of your entrÃ©e.
Ask for a to-go box
Bag half your dinner as soon as it arrives at the table. âThis way, youâre not faced with sitting and chatting and picking at the second half of the meal you didnât want to eat,â Machowsky says. And then you wonât 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. âYouâll be much less susceptible to impulse purchases if you arenât starving
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