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Tactic for a Sweet Tooth
When I used to have a terrible sweet tooth I devised a plan to stop sabotaging my healthy eating with sweet treats that made me go over the calorie limit.
End of Day Reward was born.
Don't snack between meals on sweets or desserts, biscuits etc during the day, unless it's a healthy breakfast, i.e. porridge with jam/pancakes etc.
Instead, pre-plan 1 treat for the end of the day as a reward for keeping within your calorie range.
Ratio of Food on plate
Whenever you can (not always) try to make up 50% of your plate with vegetables, 20% carbs and 30% protein.
This way you'll be full, stay fuller for longer and be eating less carbs and creating low calorie meals.
Resize your tummy!
A balloon starts out small - the more we fill it, the more it stretches. The more it stretches the more air it can hold.
Same goes for our stomach.
But here's the difference:
Once enlarged - a balloon can't be shaped back into its original size or smaller. Our stomachs CAN.
Your stomach can stretch with filling, and shrink with gradual reduction. Even if you eat a little less food each time, it is registered and your stomach shrinks ever so slighty in accordance.
The Force of Habit Can be used to your advantage
Had a bad day? Bad weekend or blown your calorie limit for the whole week?
Feel like Giving up?
If these pitfalls didn't happen - you wouldn't learn from them. Every single time you slip up - pledge to yourself to get back to better eating from the next meal or next day - and forget the damage.
The more times you get back on track, the better you will feel and the easier it will become to stay and get back on track from any little hurdles you may face.