Don’t keep it a secret Tell your colleagues and friends you are trying to lose weight and don’t want to be tempted by tasty treats. They should stop putting sweet snacks under your nose, and they’ll also be keeping an eye on you to ensure you stay on track with your fat loss process. This can be a good thing: a study published in the Journal Of Behavior Therapy reported that having others willing you to succeed is vital in breaking bad habits.
Don’t go hungry Eating more often doesn’t sound like the best way to beat the bulge, but staying full is vital when trying to avoid calorific temptations. A study from Leeds University reported that hungry participants nearly always chose sugar-filled snacks when offered, whereas recently sated subjects opted for a healthy snack Aim to eat six small meals a day.
Make your own snack jar Fill up an airtight tub with a variety of dried fruits and nuts (all unsalted) and grab a couple of handfuls whenever you feel peckish. Snacking on the fruit will satisfy your sweet cravings, while the nuts provide hunger-beating protein and fats to fill you up – not to mention giving you a huge array of vitamins and minerals.
Down a pint Of water, that is. What you think is a snack craving may actually be thirst so drink a large glass and wait for 15 minutes. If the pangs disappear then you were just dehydrated. If your stomach is still rumbling, though, grab another handful of fruit and nuts.
Eat an apple before meals Do you invariably reach for dessert after lunch and dinner? Try eating an apple 15 minutes before your main course. Research at Pennsylvania State University found that subjects who did so ate 187 fewer calories during the meal than those who had apple juice or nothing at all.