I don't know about you, but there are certain foods that I adore and have a very difficult time eating in moderation. Countless times, I have found myself staring at an empty, large, 17-oz bag of chips. (That's right! I said 17-oz. Don't judge!) But I finally see the light! I have realized how to change my thinking and control my over-eating.
Whenever I select one of these dangerously delicious foods that snap my will-power, I focus on the thought that this will be the last time for a long time. And this time will be different, because I will eat like a normal portion. These thoughts generally relieve me of the momentary guilt.
When you make yourself believe that you will not be eating a certain food for a very long time or even worse, forever, you begin to feel desperate to eat as much of it as you can. So, when you finally give in to temptation, as many of us do, you lose control and devour every morsel. Which usually leads you to vowing to never eat the food again, and the cycle continues.
Here are some tips to help you stop the never-ending cycle of over-eating:
1. Stop lying to yourself. You love this particular food, right? So, why do you believe that you can actually live a happy life without ever eating it again?
2. Stop believing that you cannot eat certain foods and lose weight. Even “healthy” foods can increase weight, if the portions are too big. Practice portion control, and the occasional treat will not ruin your weight-loss efforts. It’s fine to treat yourself, as long as you eat everything in moderation.
3. Remember, blacklisting a food only makes it dangerously delicious!
4. Perfection is not required for weight loss and health. It’s not about making the perfect choice every second of your life. When you make the healthier choice 80% of the time, you are making steady strides towards a healthier, fitter you.
Relax and accept that this food is readily available to you, every single day of your life. And you won't feel the overwhelming need to eat every morsel of it whenever it is placed within you reach.
Imagine it – a world where you can have a rich, chewy brownie, or a small bag of chips every day.
Sounds almost sinful or crazy, doesn't it? But it is not. You can have everything in moderation. I'm sure you've heard that old saying before; I finally get it! Everything in moderation. Most people focus on the moderation, and forget all about the “everything.”
If you stop restricting yourself by blacklisting certain foods, then it will be a lot easier to eat a moderate portion and place the extra to the side, for later.
I love red velvet cupcakes! I used to buy 2 to 4 at a time, and eat 2 to 4 in a sitting. I can now actually buy and eat 1 red velvet cupcake. And I enjoy it with the knowledge that I may have another whenever I want a special treat!
It helps to store your favorite foods out of sight.
When a food is always in sight, it is always in your mind and you are far more likely to snack when you are not hungry. Try storing treats in opaque containers, or drawers or cabinets. Remember it’s always there and you can have some whenever you want!
It Works for Me! And It Can Work for YOU!