Junk food can not only trigger binges, it can throw your metabolism out of fat-burning mode for hours! Avoid that first bite, with one of these proven strategies.
- Don’t get ravenously hungry. Eat a 200 calorie snack with some protein when the pangs strike. Pre-portioned hummus and baby carrots is my go-to. Avoid anything that takes preparation – it only lengthens your exposure to temptation and keeps you in the kitchen (the danger zone).
- Take a 10 minute walk or a power nap. Don’t go to bed for two hours!
- Have something to drink, but not calorific beverages – commercial coffee drinks, soda, juice. Your body doesn’t recognize these 200-500 calorie indulgences as “food.” I treat myself to flavored black coffees or chai, unsweetened, of course.
- Attack the cause of any stress that’s driving you to comfort food. Take some small step to solving the underlying problem: You’ll feel better.
- If you must snack, don’t say to yourself, “I’ll have 90 calories of [my trigger food].” Snack on something with nutritional value that doesn’t stimulate you to want more. If you can eat just 90 calories of ice cream, you’re stronger than I am, and you probably don’t need this article 🙂