6 Strategies to stop craving unhealthy snacks!
The temptation seems to be everywhere these days. Especially when you are trying to avoid it. There seem to be unhealthy snacks on every corner you walk by.
Luckily there are ways to defend yourself against all these temptations out there. Here are a few strategies to stay away from it.
All of these strategies are based on psychological research.
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Willpower isn’t unlimited
This is something I wrote an entire blog post on before, the fact that your willpower. Or the ability to say no isn’t limited. You can check it out here.
This means that maybe the first 100 unhealthy snacks you see can be ignored, but the next one is just too much you can’t say no anymore.
The fact that this happens does not mean that you are weak, you just have limited resources.
One of the ways to work with this is to avoid as many temptations as possible, this way you ‘save’ the power to say no when you do encounter temptations.
How much willpower you have to say no is different for everyone and even differs from day to day.
Think about it. On days where you already feel crappy, it is way harder to say no to a piece of chocolate or a slice of pizza than days where you feel good.
2. When temptations get close
You can’t just avoid all temptations out there, that isn’t realistic. So what do you do when they are right in front of you?
Then you need to have some sort of plan or strategy. Now you need to be able to control what you do when there is something in your surrounding that is really tempting.
One of the things that you can do is to get it out of your sight, and as far away from you as possible.
Another tip that can help you is to buy portion sized snacks of your favorite temptations. This way you’ll be less likely to overeat!
If this is not possible, go and take a bowl and put your chips in there for example. Don’t sit on the couch with the entire bag in front of you!
3. Find some form of distraction
Thinking about food can get a little bit obsessive sometimes, the best thing you can do then is to find a distraction.
This makes sure you are putting your focus on something different than the unhealthy snacks you are trying to avoid.
So go for a walk, play an instrument, call a friend or start reading a book. It doesn’t really matter, as long as your focus goes somewhere else.
4. Have focused goals
There is one thing that works for almost everyone to stay focused and motivated, and that is goals.
Working hard to achieve your goals is what will get you there eventually, but in order to do this, you need to have some set goals.
Of course, you can say: ‘I want to lose some weight’. But that is not a goal that is going to keep you motivated.
The best way to set a goal is to make a SMART goal. Meaning that it has to be specific, measurable, achievable, relative and time-based.
So instead of wanting to lose weight, you can say: ‘I want to lose 10 pounds before my next vacation’.
This will give you a deadline, makes it more specific and will keep you motivated!
But that doesn’t mean you can only have one big goal in mind to keep you motivated and on track.
You can also have some smaller thing in mind, these add up quicker than you might think!
Some examples of these goals can be:
- This weekend I’m only going to drink 2 glasses of wine
- I am going to stick to one serving of candy
- When I go out for dinner I ask for sauce on the side
These small things will all help you get to your bigger goal in the end!
5. Accept your cravings
The best thing you can do is to expect the fact that you are craving something. It is the same when someone says you can’t think about a pink elephant, the only thing you’ll do is think about that pink elephant.
Don’t fight it, it will only make your cravings more intense.
Just let your thoughts be, you don’t have to act on them. Just don’t actively try to suppress them, it will not have the wished effect.
Accepting them will make your head clearer and enables you to give those thoughts there own space in your head.
6. Make it easier on yourself
Resisting temptations can be made a lot easier with some tips and tricks like reminders, and if.. then plans.
Reminders like eating mindfully, remembering your goals, and writing down your goals.
These are all things you can think off before having and unhealthy snacks or meal. And it can help you make the right decision.
Eating mindfully is super important. We often eat distracted and are not focused on what we are eating.
So skip the distractions, sit down, and take your time when eating. It will leave you a lot more satiated than normal.
If.. then plans
Another great tip is to make if-then plans for yourself. You just need to fill in a situation that can happen.
For example, you get offered a snack at a party that will not get you closer to your goal. Then the first part of your plan looks like this: ‘ If I get offered an unhealthy snack, then…..’
Know you need to see what you are going to do when this happens. For example, you are only going to take one snack. The rule would look like this.
If I get offered an unhealthy snack, I’ll only take one and allow myself to enjoy it.
Making some of these plans will leave you prepared for all situations that otherwise might have caught you off guard!
There are a lot of ways you can deal with your cravings and make sure you stay on track.
Remember that you can enjoy a snack every now and then, without messing with your progress too much!
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