FOOD BEHAVIOUR TIPS FOR WHEN YOUR WILL POWER MUSCLE IS STRUGGLING!

When you’re trying to lose weight sometimes your will power muscle is a bit worn out and the temptation to just have a little extra snack, go back for seconds at dinner time or even finish the kids leftovers so you don’t waste food is just that little harder to resist. So here are a few quick tips to help change some of that behaviour to keep your weight loss momentum going…

  • DO NOT HAVE IT IN THE HOUSE

If it’s not there you can’t eat it. Go out and buy your treats – have them away from home.

  • OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND

Don’t have jars or bowls of food around. Keep food in containers, wrapped in foil or in the freezer.

  • BE AWARE OF NIBBLING WHILST PREPARING

Do you eat half of a meal whilst preparing it? Do you feel full when you sit down to eat? Clean your teeth, have a mint, or drink instead of nibbling

  • WATCH OUT FOR LEFTOVERS

No picking at the roast, or leftovers as you are tidying up. Never eat any food left over from anyone else and wrap in foil or freeze for lunch for tomorrow so it’s out of sight before you sit down to eat.

  • SERVE SIZES ARE REALLY IMPORTANT

Self-serve bowls are dangerous. Serve to a plate, resist seconds-salads ok. Use a smaller sized plate.

  • MAKE EATING LESS EASY

Using smaller tools – children’s size cutlery, teaspoons, splade (fork only) or chopsticks will slow you down.

  • EAT SLOWLY

Remember the 20-minute rule – it takes this long for the satiety centre in the brain to register. SLOW DOWN!! Put knife and fork down between bites. Finish mouthful before loading your fork with the next. Time yourself.

  • EAT WITHOUT DRISTRACTION

When you aren’t concentrating on your meal you lose track of how many calories you’re actually eating. Enjoy your food, sit at the table, and make it an enjoyable dining experience. Eating on the run means you often don’t even realise you have eaten.

  • SHOPPING

Do not go shopping or out near the shops when hungry. Always shop just after a meal, ideally breakfast when not soon likely to be too hungry. Plan you weekly menu before going shopping and have a list – STICK TO IT!

  • ONLY BUY SINGLE SIZE TREATS

Never be tempted to buy a large serve. A single serve will satisfy you with none left over for seconds for tomorrow. Don’t be duped into bargain bulk buying-more temptation if in the house – Rule No 1!