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3 Concrete Ways to Stop Yourself From Gobbling on Junk Food
One of the greatest enemies of healthy diets is the junk food. There are a whole lot of junk food people can consume. From fast food restaurant meals to prepackaged meals in convenience store, a lot of people resort to junk food because it tastes good and it is also convenient. If you have been trying to lose weight but have so far failed due to your eating habits, here are three tips you can try to stop yourself from consuming junk food. One should note that although it is best to avoid junk food altogether, it actually does not hurt to have it every once in a while. You will be surprised by what the fittest athletes in the world have for their cheat day. For example, Olympic legend Michael Phelps used to (and still may) have a 12,000 calories daily diet! That's nearly ten times more than the recommended amount for the average adult. His meal plan included chocolate pancakes, French toasts, one kilogram of pasta and more! The morale of this story is, as long as you do enough exercise, its fine to enjoy junk food here and then. You will be able to maintain a healthy weight as long as you have some self-control over your dieting habits.
Take it Slow
The first tip is to take it slow. A lot of people make an immediate jump to avoiding junk food. If your mind can take it, go for it. However, for most of us, the stress is too much to handle. For the first few days, you may have small cravings for all your favorite junk foods. Once a week passes, you will feel so stressed out that you'll just cave in and get the food you've been dying to eat. This is the scenario most of us go through when we start our strict diets. Instead of rushing your diet, make the progress gradual. If you eat junk food every day, make sure you dedicate at least one or two days per week when you can consume a bit of junk food. As soon as you have adjusted to this new diet pattern, continue to reduce the number of days when you can consume junk food. Before you know it, you will no longer have to rely on junk food to satisfy your hunger.
A lot of us underestimate the importance of mind-control. When one tries to lose weight, it takes more than exercising and dieting to achieve a weight loss goal. Ultimately, it's the mind that's going to take you to where you want to be so be persistent and do whatever you can to stop yourself from reaching out for those convenient junk foods.
Make it Inconvenient
In general, most convenience store foods you will come across are unhealthy and bad for you weight loss endeavors. The next tip is to make it as inconvenient as possible to get junk food. If you don't live in the vicinity of a fast food restaurant, you are off to a great start. Unfortunately, fast food delivery is becoming more and more accessible in many countries. If you have an online delivery account that you use often, deactivate it as soon as possible. Another important thing is to make sure you have no junk food in your fridge. If you still have leftover ice cream, have it one last and don't buy any additional tubs. Instead of buying junk food, learn how to cook. Buy a week's worth of grocery and you'll see how much of a difference it'll make on your habit. In general, a week's worth of grocery can cost around $50 - $70. If you leave it in the fridge, it will rot quickly so the idea here is to make you feel as guilty as possible. If you are hungry, make yourself something healthy. For me, this was probably the most effective way of losing the junk food diet because I was very stingy on the amount of money I spent. Eventually, I ended up saving a lot of dollars by cooking my own meals every day.
Keep Yourself Busy
The last tip is to maintain a busy schedule. You are more likely to get yourself junk food when you are bored and have nothing to do. Make sure your schedule is jam-packed with things to do. One great idea is to participate in mind-comforting activities such as Yoga. When you participate in such activities, you reduce the amount of stress that incurs as a result of avoiding junk food.
Although it may seem difficult at first, it's not impossible to stop yourself from eating junk food. As I mentioned before, make it gradual. This also applies to other aspects of losing weight. When you work out, don't push yourself too hard in the very beginning. The amount of pain and stress you will feel as a result of the high intensity will make you feel less motivated to work out the next time around. One bonus tip is to drink plenty of water. One of the best ways to reduce your hunger is by drinking water before a main meal. This also helps you reduce the amount of calories you consume per day.