Here are the easy steps you can take to help stop yourself from snacking so much. And without feeling constantly hungry.
As any serial dieter knows, snacking is the enemy of your perfectly laid out calorie plan. Your diet seems to be going so smoothly until the temptation to grab a handful of chips before bed becomes too much.
For anyone trying to stick to a diet plan in the new year, here are 7 ways you can stop snacking and avoid sabotaging your healthy eating plan.
Just don’t buy it
This seems like a really obvious one. But, you’re probably still buying unhealthy snacks. Ask yourself – are there a whole bunch of snack foods in your cupboard just waiting for you to hit a weak moment?
The easiest way to not eat snack foods is to just not buy them. It’s 9 o’clock at night and you’d really love a few pieces of chocolate to go with a cup of tea but there’s none in the house. You’re not going to make a trip to the supermarket at that time. You’re just going to sigh and continue watching Netflix sans chocolate.
Substitute with water
Often when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty. Next time you feel like a snack, drink a glass of water and it may help your craving.
Go for a walk
Snack cravings will often pass if you take your mind off them. Next time you get one try and distract yourself by going for a walk. It might help take your mind off food.
If you’re still hungry, eat more dinner
This is an important one. When you’re trying to diet and stay healthy, it’s quite likely you’re preparing some filling and healthy meals. If you’re still hungry after dinner, don’t reach for the snacks – just eat a bit more of your healthy dinner. As much as people talk about the importance of portion control and not overeating at dinner time, it’s much better for you to have a few extra mouthfuls of your chicken salad than to devour half a bag of chips.
Don’t skimp on actual meals
Don’t reduce your breakfast, lunch and dinner portions to small sizes that are just going to leave you hungry and desperate for a snack. If you need larger portions to keep you full then that’s what you should do. As long as your meals are healthy, it’s much better to eat a bigger portion than to snack later.
Get a snack lock box
You can buy them on Amazon. They’re time lock containers that trap the contents inside until the timer ends. When you’re having a strong and motivated moment, put all your snack foods into a time-lock container to stop you from eating them in the afternoon or evening.
Easier said than done, right? But you really should try! Lack of sleep can have a real effect on your eating habits. When you’re not well rested your body looks for extra sources of energy to compensate for the sleep debt. You know that perpetually starving feeling? It’s probably because you’re really tired.