Any program you wish to undertake requires a bit of preparation, and a couple lousy minutes can sometimes save you a ton of aggravation… I’m referring to your trips to the grocery store. That’s where your true dietary battles will be won or lost.
What would you rather do – spend an hour or so in a grueling stare-down with that evil bag of chips, or simply have something ready to snatch and eat and then move on? I think it’s a no-brainer. If this is the case it’s obviously critical to have the good stuff on hand right? So before you head out to fill that cart or even just a bag or two, make a list of all the things you need including a few healthy snacks you might want to try. Don’t neglect those snacks!
Not planning snacks is an Achilles heel for many people. Contrary to what some believe, three meals a day is not the healthiest way to go, it’s not what nature intended for us. Snacking is actually an important source of intake. It is programmed into our genes – our hunter gatherer ancestors ate whenever they had an opportunity. They had the “deck stacked in their favor” of course because the edible stuff they found hanging on the side of the trail was usually very healthy. But you can find good foods at the market too, and that can be a deciding factor in your grand weight loss scheme, so don’t take it lightly.
Diet smartly, not hardly. Brains over bulge, mind over platter, you know what it takes to win. So grab a pen and scratch pad for a second whenever you are headed to the store. It will set you on the right track to weight loss.
Here’s one other helpful tip that you might try at the market. As you’re prowling the aisles – pick up your pace. Walk at a fast clip. This will not encourage that “mindless grabbing of habitual junk snacks” we spoke about – if you have your prepared list on hand of course. In fact walking fast actually eliminates those bouts of temptation that are inevitable when you pass the row of chips or cookies. You must move quickly – you’re on a mission. By the way, by staying in active motion you are burning calories of course, and stimulating that metabolic “fidget syndrome” you might have heard about. Thus little trick delivers many synergistic benefits. It all helps!
Want some more diet planning ideas to try? Here’s a great web site I found: http://www.brinkzone.com/general-health/re-engineering-your-kitchen-for-weight-loss/