When it comes to changes in life, the first thing that comes to mind is willpower. Without it, this task can not cope. But the whole point is that this resource is exhausted, so it’s worth taking care of it. Conclusion: priority number one is to use willpower as rarely as possible. How to do this, we show a specific example.
Consider, perhaps, the most popular desire in the world – to lose weight. To succeed, you need to think clearly about how to organize the space at home and at work. Our 8 tips will help you in this difficult business.
1. Throw away harmful products
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A strategically important task is to deal with temptations in the kitchen. As long as there are sweet yogurts in your refrigerator, and cabinets will burst with cookies and chocolate, there is no question of losing weight. And do not think that you can resist and just will not eat it.
It has been scientifically proven that will power is like a purse with money: it is a single repository to which we address for different reasons, be it stress, strong emotions or struggle against obstacles on the way to the goal. So after a hard, emotionally busy working day, you will not find it so terrible to drink coffee and cake. That’s why get rid of all the harmful food. Yes, of course, I do not want to throw out the products for which money is spent. In that case, get them, but do not replenish the supplies.
2. Prepare for the lack of sweet
Without sweet it will be hard, and in any case you will want to have a snack (well, or catch sadness). In this case, keep at home and at work (especially at work!) Healthy snacks: bananas, nuts, any fruit, raisins, whole-grain crackers. Search the Internet for recipes for healthy desserts. They are delicious, non-caloric, and easy to prepare.
3. Buy healthy food
Surely you were upset when you threw in a bucket of adored chips, chocolates and mayonnaise. But it’s not so bad: a place in your kitchen will be taken by healthy and tasty food. And what is even better – it will be a lot. Here is an approximate shopping list:
- Brown and wild rice.
- Lentils, beans.
- Whole-grain crackers, pretzels and bread.
- Potatoes, onions, garlic, turnip, beets, carrots, pumpkin, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado.
- Apples, bananas, pears, grapefruit, mango, lemon, lime and other fruits.
- Strawberries, cherries, blackberries, raspberries.
- Balsamic vinegar.
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Meat, cheese, milk, eggs are not on this list. Those who want to not just lose weight, but seriously take on their health and reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart attacks and strokes, it is worth trying a vegetable diet. There are many studies devoted to how such a diet helps prevent (and even stop) deadly diseases.
4. Do not go to the store on an empty stomach
I bet you’ve heard this advice many times. And followed him? It has long been proven: if a person does not eat and went to the grocery store, his basket will quickly fill with harmful products.
5. Maintain blood sugar levels
Choose foods that will maintain a uniform level of blood sugar for a long time. It is proved that the need for sweet is caused by stress, the need to make serious decisions, suppress emotions. Scientific research has proved that useful foods that raise the level of blood sugar, contribute to strengthening and even restoring willpower.
Now it’s time to talk about the second part of the plan for weight loss, and no less important than preparing space – about maintaining willpower.
6. Sometimes deceive yourself
It’s not always enough to force yourself to withstand temptation. So you can cheat. Promise yourself: every time before you eat something harmful, you eat something useful (like fruit) and wait 15 minutes. Then you can eat a little forbidden food. You will find that after this time, most likely, the desire will disappear.
7. Maintain order in the house
Yes, it sounds a bit strange. But research has shown: when the room is in order, a person chooses more useful food. The bastard undermines our willpower and pushes us to move away from the intended course of action.
8. Get enough sleep
Sleep is one of the main processes that are critical for the normal functioning of our body. If you do not get enough sleep, then the body experiences stress. Stress makes you want sweet and other harmful food – the circle closes. In addition, the brain, lacking sleep, will not hesitate, choosing between the momentary pleasure and the distant goal. The choice you hardly like.
Any behavior change is hard work. But as soon as you form new healthy habits, things will go much easier.