*om nom nom nom* you look down at your pack… oh dear
‘NOOOOO I should not have eaten the entire chocolate bar!!!’ But it keeps happening again, and again and… sigh.
Fear not because here are some really practical hacks to get you to stop munching on stuff you know you will regret!
Hack #1: Treat your snack like a meal
I don’t mean replace dinner with snacks!!! Treat it like you’re eating dinner, but not exactly… What I mean is that if you put your food out nicely on a plate, you can completely ‘see’ what you’re eating, vs. a bag of covered chips. For example, if you want to have chocolate and know you won’t regret it, put it out openly on a plate, and add some extra good stuff in like fruits and nuts. Remember to choose a smaller plate so it tricks your brain into thinking that it looks like a lot of food!
Hack #2: Eat more protein for breakfast
Picture credits: http://stylecaster.com/protein-breakfast-not-eggs/
A study in the US found that a protein packed breakfast helped a group of overweight young women feel fuller throughout the day, eat smaller dinners and had fewer night time snacks. This is because having a high protein meal early in the day triggers the release of the satiety stimulating hormone and reduces ghrelin (hunger stimulating hormone), which lasted through the afternoon, whereas the effects of a low protein breakfast lasted for a shorter period of time.
Hack #3: Keep healthy snacks in transparent containers
Picture credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUCGSOlm4fo
A google experiment found that people ate more healthy snacks and fewer calories when the healthy stuff like figs, nuts, fruits were in glass jars and the ‘bad’ stuff like M&M, cookies, and sweets were placed in opaque containers and well hidden. So keep the healthy stuff near you and the bad stuff hidden away. If you don’t have much space, put the nasty snacks in containers that you can’t see through.
Hack #4 Switch to single serving packs
I know, I know. We all get the munchies. To prevent yourself from munching on the entire bag of snacks unknowingly, keep single serve snack packs with you.
Hack #5 Paint your nails
Picture credits: https://www.salonpricelady.com/painting-nails-are-you-doing-it-right/
If you have terrible munching habits you’re trying to curb, you might find this tip useful. Whenever you want to grab something, paint your nails. Painting alone could help you change your mind, and even when you’re done, you can’t really eat anything because of your wet nails. But make sure you differentiate between hunger and boredom!
Hack #6 Use your non-dominant hand to eat
Picture credits: http://www.cosmo.ph/lifestyle/motivation/14-things-only-people-trying-to-lose-weight-know-to-be-true-a00052-20160127
When you eat with the hand you’re not used to, you become more conscious of what you are eating instead of mindlessly snacking. Try it for a week!
Hack #7 Munch on fruits
Picture credits: https://amindfulmeal.org/boy-eating-strawberries/
Fruits are rich in antioxidants and all those stuff that are good for you! Plus it makes you feel fuller because of it’s high fibre content. You’ll thank those oranges and kiwis for a good immune system 😉
But if all else fails…
Just have something healthy for dinner. A large slice of cake isn’t the end of the world, just your ‘diet’ (; heh.