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How To Stop Snacking: 9 Top Tips
When you’re tired or bored then snacking becomes a problem. It’s also a problem when you reduce your calorie intake in order to lose weight because you tend to be hungry more during your day. Until your body adjusts to your healthy new diet and you no longer crave constant snacks, there are a few things you can learn that will show you how to stop snacking when bored, tired, hungry, etc.
Here are some effective things that you can do to cut back on snacking:
1.Store any high-calorie foods in containers that are opaque. If you have some sweets inside a container but you can’t see them then that’s one less tempting stimulus that you’ll have to deal with.
2.Keep your healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables out in the open. Keep delicious fresh fruit in bowls out in the open so that you see that instead of sugary, fatty snacks. Cut up some vegetables at night before bedtime so they’ll be ready to eat tomorrow. Also try taking fruit and/or vegetables with you to work (or wherever) so that you can have it when you want it (and it will keep you from stopping at the vending machine).
3.Don’t buy foods that are “ready-to-eat”. Food that’s available to eat at any time (ready-to-eat) is too available and will likely lead to you overeating. What you don’t want to have are foods that you can just pop into your mouth when you’re hungry. What I do is make a list of basic ingredients that you can use to make lots of healthy dishes. That way you actually have to make food before you eat it. This will prevent you from “grazing” if you have to put your food together.
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4.Don’t buy foods that you’re going to eat “later.” Foods that you buy to eat later often get eaten shortly after dinner. What you want to do is not have an excess amount of food available in your home.
5.Don’t watch those commercials. Companies spend millions of dollars creating advertisements that are specifically designed to appeal to your emotional state of mind. This includes food advertising too. How often have you been sitting on your couch minding your own business, blissfully unaware of junk food, when a commercial for your local pizza or ice cream joint comes on? Those commercials make the food look undeniably delicious.
6.Rid out the craving. Cravings start slowly, build steadily to a peak, and then subside. Think of your craving as a wave that slowly builds and then subsides, and try to wait it out.
7.Brush, floss, and rinse after you eat. This is a great idea and I use it myself. Every time you have a meal you want to brush, floss, and rinse your teeth. When your mouth is so clean you’ll be less likely to eat. Another neat trick along the same lines as this is to rinse your mouth out with fluoride. You shouldn’t eat any food for about two to three hours after you rinse your mouth with a fluoride rinse.
8.Don’t keep food in your car. Eating while you drive is the same as eating while you watch television. You can eat thousands and thousands of calories without really even knowing it. The simple rule is don’t eat while you’re driving. Try and take some fruit, vegetables, trail mix, granola, or something healthy with you while you’re driving.
9.Don’t skip any meals. People who are dieting or trying to lose weight will often make the big mistake of skipping a meal thinking that they will cut out the calories they would have consumed had they eaten that meal. This doesn’t work. This makes it double hard for you to lose weight because it not only slows down your metabolism but it makes you more likely to binge eat later. This is, of course, debatable. If you can’t eat (in a situation where healthy food isn’t available) or you aren’t hungry then you shouldn’t eat. New research has shown that skipping meals occasionally won’t hurt you or ruin your weight loss efforts.
These nine tips on how to stop snacking at night, when you’re bored, or just in general should not be taken lightly. If you want to lose weight then overcoming the snacking bug is one of the most important aspects of your diet.