Strategy #1: Create Obstacles
Think about your biggest food temptations. Where do they occur? Is it lunchtime at work? Are you into the habit of going out of the office and buying your lunch. It’s a proven fact that people who bring their lunch to work, will eat a healthier meal . So, create obstacles to being able to eat out during the work day and Put Your Fat Loss on Auto Pilot. Here are three right off the bat:
- Plan meetings and deadlines that will force you to stay in the office
- Leave your money behind
- Arrange to sit with someone who never goes out of the office
Another challenge at work might be when a colleague suddenly brings in a box of cream donuts to share around. These can be major temptations. But you can pre-empt these situations by letting everyone know that you are working really hard to eat clean.
The key with this strategy is to think ahead of time and make plans to avert disaster.
Strategy #2: Make Healthy Foods More Accessible
In order to eat more healthy foods, you need to get rid of as many obstacles as you possibly can. So, if you want to eat more fruit, have a fruit bowl full of appealing, ready to eat foods. That means no black, squishy bananas or fungal infected oranges. You need to make your fruit bowl as appetizing as possible.
Making the fruit in ready to eat form is another big help. With vegetables, there are more obstacles to overcome. They need to be cleaned well, parts of them need to be cut off, some need to be peeled and many require some degree of cooking or seasoning to be appealing. That’s why you need to prep your vegetables ahead of time.
When you get home from the grocery store, wash and trim everything. Then chop them into usable-sized pieces. Then go ahead and roast what needs to be roasted. Pop them in the fridge or freezer and pull them out when the need arises.
If your problem is that you never have fresh fruit and vegetables in the house because you just don’t have time to shop, try your hand at online shopping with a home delivery. The extra few dollars you spend will be worth it.
Strategy #3: Eat Vegetables Solo
How often have you left vegetables on your plate and pushed it away, having devoured all of the ‘good’ stuff. Of course, nutritionally the vegetables are probably the best thing there. So why do you leave them hanging?
Because there’s too much competition.
You can solve that problem by eating your vegetables first. That means you don’t eat anything else until you’ve eaten your vegetables. You can do this by eating a salad before you eat the balance of your dinner. Even better, eat the salad before you start preparing the rest of the meal. That way, you won’t eat as much when you’re cooking, which is a notorious way that many people allow those extra calories to sneak in. When you’re eating out, order an appetizer sized salad first. Ask the waiter to hold off on the main until you’ve finished eating the salad.
Strategy #4: Eat With Healthy Eaters
Studies have shown that when you eat with people who eat healthy food, you will be far more likely to do the same. In fact, research reveals that we are even more likely to eat smart when we have friends who are healthy eaters even when they are not with us.
Your choice of associates, then, will have a huge impact on the success or failure . You should try to gravitate to those who care about their health, monitor the foods they eat and show self regulation and restraint in their consumption of food and beverages.
Ultimately, it is your habits that will determine your weight loss success. The four habits described above, creating obstacles, making healthy foods more accessible, eating veges solo and eating with healthy eaters, will allow you to lose more weight. They will work in harmony with your exercise and nutritional program to get you to your goals faster.
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