The degree to which we feel deprived is directly related to the extent that we will eventually overindulge.
Willpower can be easy to harness for a short period of time – like for a weight-loss challenge or Lent – but eventually we will stop eating that way if we are on a “diet” instead of making a permanent lifestyle change.
If something is a lifestyle, it’s something we can do forever. Wouldn’t that be a great place to be?
In order to adopt a healthy nutrition plan long-term, you’ll need to find ways to decrease feelings of deprivation. Try incorporating these techniques and then watch and monitor your cravings and hunger for the next week to see if it helps!
- Realize that food will always be there, you don’t need to eat it ALL right now
One thing I like to remember is that food will always be there, so you don’t need to eat it all right now. If you decide you REALLY want something, you can always go out and get it later. A great example is cake at a work birthday party.
How awful are those grocery story sheet cakes?!
We all know this, and yet everyone still eats them by default. Use a little mindfulness in these kind of moments, and you’ll realize that you actually don’t want to “waste” a treat meal on something like that. If you’re going to “cheat,” have exactly what you’re craving!
Don’t just eat anything. That cake will always be there, and you don’t have to have it all right now. Keeping this in mind will help you make smart decisions when faced with temptation.
- Use unsweetened cocoa
Not only is it a guilt-free way to curb your chocolate craving, but unsweetened cocoa powder helps take the edge off cravings; it also boosts serotonin and dopamine-neurochemicals that help with focus, memory, motivation, relaxation, and even happiness. Add a tablespoon of this antioxidant to your egg whites, oats, or even your protein shake to help satisfy your cravings without overindulging.
- Balance your plate
Balanced meals are important for blood sugar stabilization, which is a key factor in controlling your sugar cravings as well as hunger. Eating a meal of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat will keep you fuller, longer. The protein keeps your blood sugar in check, the carbs are rich in metabolism-boosting B-vitamins, and the good fat satiates your hunger – all of which will ultimately aid in your weight loss goals!
- Trust the process
Slow progress is still progress. Don’t compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter 20! Realize that for people who have lost fat and maintained it as a lifestyle, it has taken them MUCH longer than a week or two to get to that point. You have to put in the time, effort and just grind it out. Patience is crucial in the fat loss game—you’ll get there!