Top tips for curbing cravings and sticking to your diet
1. Prepare your meals for the day in advance. You are more likely to cheat on your diet, snack or choose bad foods out of ‘convenience’ if you don’t have meals prepared ahead of time. As the saying goes “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. If you are unable to cook each day then prepare a batch to last you for a few days, freeze or refrigerate, then grab & go!
2. Diet hacks/craving curbs
If you’re like me and get sugar cravings, opt for something sweet that is low calorie. That way you can curb cravings with minimal damage. Some of my favourites are
Hartley 10cal jelly pots
Options hot chocolate
Sugar free gum
Black coffee/flavoured green tea
Halo top ice cream
Green Veg (not the most exciting but you can add bulk to your meals by adding more veg, which will keep you full for longer)
I also like adding sugar free/0cal syrups to my oats or coffee!
3. Cook meals that you enjoy! Sounds obvious right? But there are so many people out there who think healthy eating has to be mundane. It certainly doesn’t have to be bland chicken and veg for the rest of your days. Spice things up, get creative in the kitchen and follow a varied diet! You are more likely to be able to sustain it long term if you actually enjoy what you’re eating.
4. Plan ahead. Set yourself a diet plan to follow, rather than just winging it. Structure will help to keep you on track. If you know you are travelling or working long hours having a plan in place will keep you accountable.
If you do snack, don’t let it ruin your whole day! You’ve had a couple of biscuits.. or a slice of cake and now you regret it. Ok! Get back on track. One slip up doesn’t mean the whole day is wrote off and you may as well eat everything in sight and “start again tomorrow”. Learn self control. Balance is key. If you had one flat tyre, you wouldn’t slash the other 3 would you?! So just because you slip up once doesn’t mean you should throw everything out the window.
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