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How to Stop Snacking in 4 Steps

Nov 21, 2011
Veronica Brandy
N.Y. Editor

How To Stop Snacking - Stop Night Snacking Tips

Avoiding snacks is an important issue when trying to lose weight. We are all aware that these small snacking moments may affect our weight loss wishes. If we are feeling a bit down, we may finish half a chocolate bar with a pack of buns to forget. This makes us feel guilty and then down again. It is a vicious cycle. Even if breaking the cycle isn’t easy, here are 4 tips that can help produce great results.

Secret 1: Learn to distinguish between “real hunger” and “emotional hunger”.

We should not push the body to its limits. This makes it more difficult to control the appetite. It is important to eat regularly. However, before eating anything, ask yourself if you really hungry. If you don’t feel the physical symptoms of hunger, find another way to spend your time. Don’t snack just because you are emotional or bored.

Secret 2: Avoid temptation

Never go shopping before eating and don’t eat right before going to the supermarket. This is constant advice you’ll find here and on this blog. Make a list and stick to it. Avoid buying foods that tempt you and which you know you can’t resist. If shopping is difficult for you when you cross in front of candies, go shopping on the internet! Another tip to avoid temptation: do not put serving dishes or pots directly on the table at dinner, you may end up with a bigger serving than you should.

Secret 3: Learn to have a balanced relationship with food

Do not refuse foods you enjoy eating. Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. If you start to feel guilty at the slightest misstep, you will make things worse by sabotaging your confidence in your chances of success. Learn to eat the foods you love in moderation; you will not feel deprived and be more motivated.

Tip 4: Bet on diet snacks

If you cannot resist the temptation and the urge to snack is too high, limit the damage. Instead of snacking on chips or sweets, try a fruit salad, yoghurt or a cereal bar. You will be satisfied while avoiding snacking calories! Avoiding snacks is not easy, but if you keep your goals in mind and avoid temptation, you should be able to stay on track. It’s your turn!

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