There are exactly 10,080 minutes in a week. Our dieting success or failure is determined during just five of those minutes each week.
These are the instances where we are not a bit hungry, but still have a craving or just want to eat a little more. We want to clean our plate, get a snack, or eat a second portion. The one thing in common in all of these instances is there is no biological reason to have one more bite. Again, we are not hungry whatsoever. If we can change our decision making and exert some control during these five critical minutes, we will lose weight, and improve our health and appearance.
Here are 4 simple suggestions on how to avoid eating when not hungry:
- Physically leave the situation. Get up from the table or get out of the cupboard. Then get out of the kitchen, the house, the apartment, or the restaurant. It seems extreme, but it might be a necessary step to help you begin to change your behavior.
- Mentally leave the situation. Take three deep breaths and picture the word CALM. Then imagine yourself thin! Develop a consistent detailed picture of your thin self. Picture it in your mind as often as you need.
- Have a prepared list of activities that are fun. It could be watching TV, playing games on your computer or phone, listening to music, knitting, sewing, reading, looking at interesting websites, journaling, calling a friend, etc.
- Have a prepared list of activities that are productive. It could be answering emails, doing the laundry, washing the car, vacuuming, preparing a past due report at work, doing your taxes, etc. (These activities usually make you feel good about yourself, and reduces stress.)
- Never eat anything standing up. Sit or Spit!!! It’s impossible to prowl and binge or eat food when cleaning the dishes if you’re in the sitting position.
Our goal is to avoid fullness like the plague. Have you ever gone to bed stuffed and wished you had taken just one more bite? I don’t think so.
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Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Compassionate Collections® is on a mission to help 5 million people lose weight and be debt free.
Martin is past president of ACA International, and author of the Collector’s Pledge — hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect.