Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Diet Temptation

OK, we have all been there. At home, at a friend's house or at work, somebody mysteriously left a box of donuts open, or a bowl of chocolate-covered almonds out. How about the time you went out "just" for a coffee and came back with a muffin, too? Temptation is brutal, but the good news is that there are ways to avoid it!

First thing's first - ALWAYS be prepared! If you are full, you are a lot less likely to cave and cheat on your diet. That means eating a satisfying breakfast each morning and making sure you fill up on protein and fibre if you know you might face temptation some time soon. One tip I might suggest is always having a snack or meal with you so that if you are tempted - you do have something to eat. One really great snack is a juicy, delicious apple. It will fill you up and give you a little boost until it's time for your next meal or snack. Raw veggies are great too!

Next, make sure that you are not sabotaging yourself by going to the grocery store hungry. Yes, my friends, this is one of the absolute worst things you can do when on a diet (or otherwise!). If your stomach is growling, just about anything and everything you see appears delicious...and somehow sensible. Next thing you know, you're at home and instead of eating a proper meal, you crack open that box of cookies.

Lastly, don't eat just because you are bored! There are a lot of better things to do (assuming you even have free time on your hands). An innumerable amount of calories can be consumed in front of the TV or computer. It's a slippery slope you don't want to fall down.

And as a final point - did you know that oftentimes thirst is mistaken for hunger? Whenever you feel those hunger pangs, go for a tall glass of water and re-evaluate.

Good luck!