by Babs ‘O’Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)
Many tasks in life require will power. We must use will power if we are to save money. We use will power when we discipline our puppies. I am sure you get the idea, the point is that we use will power regularly and in some cases more consistently than in others.
Will power is required when we are trying to lose weight. It is not easy to avoid your favorite foods and snacks.
This is especially true when they are readily available, even as close as your own kitchen. So what can you do, how can you increase your will power, or more importantly, what can be done to make your home a more friendly place for anyone looking to lose the fat.
Actually there are several things that you need to know about. Check out the list below:
1) Snack promotion is everywhere
2) Buying in bulk can lead to overeating
3) Fat-free does not mean low calorie
4) Variety is not always a good thing
5) Junk food should be avoided – always
6) Free refills are not so free when they show up as fat
7) Calories on the weekends and holidays do count
8) Restaurants with great atmospheres can lead to overeating
From the gas stations to TV commercials you will see promotions for snack foods that are not conducive to fat loss. Tip, pay at the pump and keep a low-fat alternative snack available.
Although buying in bulk can save money it can also result in us eating more. We simply see that there is plenty available and we consume more. Tip; divide the bulk goods when you get home with them. Then hide whatever is not needed right away.
Food labels can be misleading. Be sure to read the complete label, low fat foods are sometimes very high in calorie content.
And when you buy a package of cookies, candy bars or other food items that offer a variety you may be doing yourself more harm than good. It is human nature to want to sample each of the varieties.
Junk food is junk food, whether it is from a vending machine or from a candy jar on a desk of a co-worker. Avoid all junk food.
Many restaurants now offer free refills on drinks. Although this is a nice gesture, those free refills can add lots of calories. Tip, drink water or unsweetened tea.
Calories count even if they are consumed during a holiday or a weekend. I am all for taking a break from a routine but use caution and do not go overboard. And when you eat out consider the atmosphere of the restaurant you choose.
Those with relaxing and soothing atmospheres tend to entice us to hang around longer, which means we are more likely to eat dessert. Those same restaurants also have wonderful names for their foods which make them sound even better than what they are. Use caution.
By making a few small changes to your life you will decrease the temptations and make it more likely that you will succeed in your weight loss attempts. Planning is everything!