“FOOD AT HOME” seems to be one of the biggest temptations for most people. So I thought it would be useful to give you some of my tips on how I beat the temptation of food at home.
Know YourselfRight out the gate, you need to know what your big temptations are when it comes to food. Then make sure they AREN’T IN THE HOUSE! If it’s that big of temptation, I don’t care if your kids like whatever it is too… throw it out. They can deal. A lot of us have some pretty bad habits when we start. Going cold turkey is the best way with those food you can’t control yourself with. If it’s ice cream, clear out the freezer. If it’s chips, get them out! The voices of temptation will tell you it’s ok and when you open that door, it’s hard to close.
Plan, Plan, Plan Your Days
I am sure you’ve heard the saying “failing to plan is planning to fail” and it’s true! If you don’t plan your days and just try to eat healthy, you won’t get the results you want. If you plan your meals and snacks a day ahead of time, you will know exactly what to eat. You at your food log as an unbreakable agreement. If you didn’t have some cheesy rice side your wife made for dinner on your log, you can’t eat it any of it! Again, don’t open that door. Honor the meals you plan!
Use your food log as a check list. If it is planned in your day… then good, eat it. If it’s not tracked and helping you hit your goals, there is NO WAY you should even consider eating it.
Here is a great video on setting up MFP.
Get Your Food and then Put Away the Rest
Along with planning your days, take your portions for your meals and put away the rest! Make that plate for dinner, weigh out and measure your portions, and then put away the extra! Then 2nds and 3rds won’t be so tempting.
As you eat, slow down. Enjoy that meal. Don’t rush it and make sure you give your body and brain some time to send the signals around that you have actually had some food. It’s easy to beat your brain and still “feel hungry” even after you have a had a good meal. That is what causes us to stuff ourselves.
Plan Special Snack and Meals
Finally, make sure you plan some special meals or snacks into your days. These are not cheat meals, you need to track them. But if you know you always are tempted to snack after dinner, plan something you really look forward to for a night time snack. Maybe it is a Quest Bar or some Arctic Zero ice cream. Maybe it’s even your Shakeology. But have something other than 10 oz of chicken and 2 cups of broccoli to look forward to. Again it’s really about knowing yourself and not giving into any excuses or pity.
It will get tough at times, but each victory over your temptations makes you stronger. Commit to your plan and let’s do it!
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