Snacking, it’s one of the main obstacles stopping you from losing weight and unless you can control your cravings and stop snacking, your weight loss goals will never be achieved.
It’s no secret; snacking or nibbling has always been one of the largest obstacles on the road to weight loss, some do it because of stress, some do it because of anxiety and some just do it out of boredom. Whatever the reason is, you need to stop snacking between meals if you’re serious about losing weight and keeping it off.
Here are 6 simple and straight forward tips to stop snacking between meals:
Stop skipping meals
It’s a known fact that skipping meals leads to over eating, create an eating plan that consists of 5 to 6 small meals a day and stick to it religiously. By eating more throughout the day your body won’t feel deprived and you won’t get that urge to nibble on anything.
Stop the problem at its source
Create a shopping list before you go grocery shopping, this way you’ll know exactly what you need and what you DON’T need. Replace your regular snacks with healthier and low calorie options; always read the labels on processed foods because more often than not you’d be surprised at the fat and sugar content of snacks you thought were healthy.
It’s always a good idea to leave the kids home when you go shopping because they’ll be drawn to the candy aisle, even though you might decide to buy some candy for them more often than not you’ll end up snacking on them.
Hydrate yourself throughout the day
Dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger and most people will start snacking when all they need is a glass of water. The next time you feel peckish reach for a glass of water instead of the crisps or cookies, if the cravings go away in a few minutes it means you were just thirsty.
Boredom is one of the main causes of snacking between meals, try to keep yourself busy by taking up a new hobby or you could find small tasks to do around the house. This will take your mind off food and help stop you from snacking at random times because the busier you are the less time you’ll have to think about food.
Switch off the telly
It’s very easy to get to get lost in your favourite show and before you know it you’ve gone through an entire family size pack of crisps.
Sitting in front of the telly will always lead to mindless snacking so instead of being a couch potato “get up and get out there”. If you can’t go outside try reading a magazine or book which will keep your mind active and off food.
If you become too obsessed and start depriving yourself of the foods you love it will lead to you binging on them at a later time. Treat yourself to very small portions of your favourite foods; this should be done in moderation and only once in a while.
Now that you’ve identified snacking as one of the main factors stopping you from losing weight, it’s time to make a change. If you’re finding it difficult to control your snacking habits then write down everything you eat and make a note of your feelings before and after you’ve eaten.
At the end of the day look at the foods you’ve eaten and see which of the tips listed above could be used to help your snacking habits.